Among parenting programs and workshops offered in the metropolitan area:

Parent Encouragement Program, Silver Spring, offers three levels of classes, based on Adlerian psychology, which emphasize how to raise independent and responsible children. $100 for 10 classes. (301) 681-3784.

Child Care Management Resources focuses on child-care issues and concerns of working parents. Most seminars are set up and paid for by employers. (301) 897-8272.

Great Kids and Great Teens programs, sponsored by Children's Hospital National Medical Center, covers child development and management in "noontime seminars" usually held at the workplace. (202) 939-4544.

Northwest Center for Community Mental Health is sponsoring free "Parenting Day" workshops on March 12 for Fairfax County residents. (703) 481-4117.

The Father Center, Columbia, Md., assists men "in becoming and being parents" through workshops, ongoing interactive groups, and lectures. (301) 964-2206.

The Strengthening Families Project, provides information on agencies and programs in the metropolitan area for "enhancing parenting skills and family life for the 'healthy' family." Its hot line number at (202) 628-3228 offers crisis-intervention and referrals service. Free directory of agencies and programs. (202) 965-1900.

The American Red Cross "Preparation for Parenthood" courses focus on infant care and child development. Call local chapters.

The Parent Connection is a nonprofit organization in Bethesda that schedules classes and activities for parents and children. Courses, from toilet training to infant and toddler first aid, cost from $15 to $40. It also operates Project Share, which -- for $15 -- matches families seeking to share care givers. (301) 320-2321.