No matter what your profession, being a parent is your most important job. Parents are a child’s first teacher and have a major impact on their development. Studies have shown that the early years of life are crucial in establishing a strong foundation for success in school and later in life. Parenting can be wonderful and rewarding, but it can also be difficult and sometimes unpleasant. Most parents experience moments (or months or years) of feeling overwhelmed. Parenting is hard work!
What is it… and How Much?
The Parenting Enhancement with a Purpose parent education program strives to make accessible to all parents in Madison County free information, resources, and support needed to get their infants, toddlers, and preschoolers off to a great start. Classes empower parents with the skills and confidence needed to provide a nurturing relationship and an optimal environment that will encourage their children’s healthy growth and development and promote school readiness and future success.
Each class, presented by UCP Huntsville education and early intervention professionals, is FREE thanks to the support of The Boeing Company.
WHO should participate?
Anyone who has made the commitment to assume the responsibility for a child’s wellbeing and development:
- Relative care providers (i.e. grandparents)
- Babysitters and nannies
- Childcare providers and more
WHAT is offered?
Free parenting classes covering topics such as The Importance of Play, Creating Routines, Positive Discipline, Quality Family Time, School-Readiness, and more.
- Free parenting resources, including brochures concerning a wide variety of child rearing topics like Potty Training, Sharing, and Winning the Bedtime Battle.
- Free referrals to community resources and supports.
You can find a full list of class locations and descriptions HERE.
WHEN & WHERE are parenting classes?
Parenting Enhancement with a Purpose tries to accommodate the needs of each parent group, whether they prefer daytime or an evening class. We are hosting these classes at childcare centers, parent support group meetings, community centers, libraries, and churches.
Summer parenting series at the Huntsville Library Downtown on Thursdays at 6:00 PM
June 30: Positive Discipline
July 7: Smart from the Start
July 14: School Readiness
July 21: Understanding Sensory Processing
July 28: Aggressive Behaviors
Parenting classes at Madison Public Library
July 11 @ 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room: Motor Development
July 12 @ 11:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room: Motor Development
July 25 @ 11 a.m. in the Meeting Room: School Readiness
July 26 @ 10:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room: School Readiness
WHY should you attend?
The first few years of life are a time of fast brain growth that sets the stage for lifelong learning. Be empowered with the knowledge and confidence to provide a nurturing environment that encourages your child’s success in school and beyond.
Parenting Enhancement with a Purpose Details
To schedule a free class or request resources for your neighborhood, contact:
Kendall Hampton, Parent Educator and Early Interventionist
2075 Max Luther Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801
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