The Grossmont Adult School Parent Education Program was first named a Program of Excellence by the California Department of Education in 1998. The school offers two types of parenting classes: Parent Participation classes and Parent Lecture/Discussion classes. Parent participation classes provide activities in which children develop cognitive, social/emotional, fine and gross motor skills, as well as an opportunity to express their creativity through age-appropriate learning centers. At the same time, parents working in the classroom have the opportunity to learn the importance of these various activities to a child's growth and development. Parent Lecture classes provide opportunities for parents to discuss problems of mutual concern and extend their understanding and knowledge of parenting. Children do not attend these classes but there may be babysitting provided. These classes may focus on one age group or one subject. Discussion topics include positive discipline, effective communication, anger management, as well as specific age-related developmental milestones ranging from potty training to helping with homework and even the college entrance process.