The following was written by Katherine Loevinger, special to the Outlook
Registration for La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Fall Program is now open. Entering its 38th year, Parent Ed offers 14 classes for parents of children ages 0-18 that provide education, friendship and sustenance. Classes meet weekly from September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 cities. “Classes fill up fast, so don’t wait to register,” a spokeswoman said.
Parents of newborns through age 5 attend joint parent-and-child classes where both children and adults form lasting friendships while parents with older children attend parent-only sessions to discuss the extra challenges that accompany raising school-age children. New Babies, Infants and Older Babies classes focus on the first year, while Toddler and Two-Year-Old classes talk school, socializing and often the addition of siblings. Family Class invites all children newborn to age 5 to attend and discusses raising young children and creating calm in a multi-child family. Parenting 3- 4- Year-Olds focuses on kindergarten prep, guiding youngsters through their first educational experiences and the developmental milestones that accompany.
Parents of Elementary Kids class covers the latest in brain research and how it relates to children’s development, learning, behavior and relationships. Tweeners class features large- and small-group discussion relating to pre-adolescent issues such as peer relationships, family communication, puberty and school adjustments, while Parenting High Schoolers (two sessions available) makes for a lively class on adolescent identity, family communication, dating, driving, college preparation and learning to “let go.” Parenting Your Exceptional Child is a six-week class for parents of students in grades K-8 who need encouragement, support, education and resources for parenting their exceptional child (ADHD/ADD, autism spectrum, gifted, etc.).
Visit lacanadapc.org/parented for class listings, staff bios and online registration. Scholarships and payment plans are available. Affordable childcare is offered during all class times. La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.