Parenting Classes

Parenting Classes Workshops Parent Education Consortium Cedar Rapids Iowa

The Parent Education Consortium (PEC) provides parenting workshops and resources to any parent of a young child (0-5 years old) as well as group presentations to caregivers, educators and community members on a wide variety of topics related to parenting practices and healthy development.

Parenting Young Children Workshops*

These workshops are designed for the parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children (birth-5 years old). Parents meet in a small group setting with one of our parent educators while children play in on-site childcare.

WORKSHOPS are FREE and
• include a FREE family meal and light refreshments during each session
• include FREE program materials
•  provide FREE on-site child care
•  are an investment in your child’s future with benefits that last a lifetime!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:* 

Parenting Young Children (birth-5yrs) Workshops:

Wednesday Evenings • January 14 - February 18, 2015 • 6:00-7:45 PM
Wilkins Elementary School • 2127 27th Street • Marion, IA 52302

Tuesday Evenings • February 3 - March 10, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
Prairie Crest Elementary • 401 76th Avenue SW • Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Thursday Evenings • February 5 - March 12, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
Hand in Hand Early Care and Education Center • 103 N Center Point Rd • Hiawatha, IA 52233

Wednesday Mornings • April 1 - May 6, 2015 • 9:00-11:00 AM
Cedar Rapids Public Library • 450 5th Avenue SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Thursday Evenings • April 2 - May 7, 2015 • 5:30-7:30 PM
The Salvation Army • 1000 C Avenue NW • Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Thursday Mornings • April 23 - May 28, 2015 • 9:30-11:30 AM
Marion Public Library • 1095 6th Avenue • Marion, IA 52302

Friday Mornings • May 15 - June 19, 2015 • 9:00-11:00 AM
Cedar Rapids Public Library • 450 5th Avenue SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Parenting Young Children (birth-5yrs) Workshop: Parenting a Preschooler with ADHD
Monday Evenings • January 12 - February 16, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
Cedar Rapids Public Library • 450 5th Avenue SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Parenting Young Children (birth-5yrs) Workshop: Literacy and Children - Family Storyteller
Monday Evenings • March 2 - April 6, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
Cedar Rapids Public Library • 450 5th Avenue SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Play and Learn Parent PLUS: Pint Size Science STEM Fun!
THIS CLASS IS FULL!
Wednesday Evenings • March 11 - April 15, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County • 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201 • Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Wednesday and Thursday Evenings • April 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, May 7, 2015 • 5:30-7:45 PM
ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County • 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201 • Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

REGISTRATION is required: REGISTER ONLINE, call 319-540-2426 or email jsavel@iastate.edu



Parenting Young Children MINI-WORKSHOPS
These workshops are designed for the parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children (birth-5 years old). Parents meet in a small group setting with one of our parent educators. No childcare provided, but children are welcome to attend with you. Join us for any of these upcoming mini-workshops:

March 17, 2015 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM -- Finding Quality Childcare and Babysitting: Finding the right childcare is often challenging, but one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make. Children's intellectual and emotional development is strongly influence by the quality of the care that they receive in the first few years of their lives. Come and find out what should you look for when choosing childcare or a babysitter.

April 14, 2015 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM -- Positive Parenting: The frustrations of parenting often lead to stress and tears. Come and find out how to use positive discipline techniques instead of hurtful practices to get the behaviors parents desire.

May 5, 2015 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM-- Your Child's Development, Ages Birth-2: Between birth and age 2, babies learn to roll, crawl, stand, walk, and run. They learn to talk, joke, rhyme, and sing.  But development doesn’t happen in the same way, at the same time, for all children.  Come and learn about development and your child... it's not a race but a lifelong journey of growth.

LOCATION: Cedar Rapids Public Library • 450 5th Ave SE • Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Please REGISTER to: 319-540-2426 or email jsavel@iastate.edu
 


Parenting Resource Materials - Books, DVDs and Handouts

The PEC has a wealth of DVD’s and print materials on topics important to parents and caregivers of young children. A select number of materials are also available for loan at any of our parenting class locations throughout the year OR by contacting Janice at PEC by calling 319-377-9839 Ext. 302 or emailing jsavel@iastate.edu.

Check out the resources we have available:
Parenting Books
Parenting DVDs

Parenting Handouts
The PEC has a wealth of handouts available on a variety of topics related to child and family development. Below is a sampling of handouts readily available. Many handout topics are not listed. Please contact the PEC office at 319-377-9839 to order handouts, or to request information on topics not listed below.
Fatherhood
Parenthood and Marriage
Divorced Parents, Single Parents and Step Families
Parenting Young Children
 

Group Presentations

In order to keep parents, caregivers, educators and community members abreast of current trends in the field of parent education, the PEC coordinates and delivers presentations in the community on a wide variety of topics related to parenting practices and healthy family development.  

The PEC staff has a variety of topics readily available for presentation.  Specific requests for customized community education sessions will be considered on a case by case basis.  To schedule a presentation please contact the Parent Education Consortium.

Community Education topics for presentations
 


Early Childhood Iowa

It is through the use of Linn County Community Empowerment funds that the PEC is able to provide these services to parents and caregivers of young children in our community.

* All workshops are offered contingent upon minimum enrollment requirements. PEC reserves the right to cancel or postpone low-enrollment workshops when necessary.

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