PARENT EDUCATION CLASSES – WINTER QUARTER 2023

These parenting seminars are included in tuition for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like. Partners, nannies, grandparents welcome! Not a current Co-op member?  Contact the instructor to see if there is space.

Adults only please unless noted in the class description.

For Tired Parents (SSC Co-op Childcare Building) — Huntley/Hoglan

A child’s sleep problems can undermine the most confident of parents, and make the sweetest child grumpy! We will discuss different types of problems–bedtime procrastinating, nap strikes, middle-of-the-night waking, visiting the parents’ bed, etc.–and options for solving them. This will be a personalized, informal discussion facilitated by Becky Huntley, the author of The Sleep Book for Tired Parents.

RSVP with Teacher Heidi here

Co-op Butterfly Families (Discussion Group) — Schill

Thursday January 19th, 7:00-9:00 PM and/or Thursday February 16th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Co-op’s monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs and sensitivities, frustrating behaviors and/or more vulnerable/reactive nervous systems. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection. Group members have found that spending time in a non-judgmental space with other adults who “get it” truly decreases the sense of loneliness and isolation so many are feeling. Wherever you are on your journey–ranging from a subtle observation you or your teacher has made, on up through formal diagnoses and services–all are welcome.  If you would like to participate and/or need further information, please contact Teacher Jen here.

Infant, Child, & Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training  (SSC Co-op Childcare Building) certification valid for 2 years — Inghram

Saturday, January 21st, 12:30-3:30 PM 

 Do you know what to do if a child is choking?  Are you skilled in CPR if an adult collapses in class?  Be prepared.  We are offering 2 sessions, choose the date/time that works best with your schedule. This class will be taught by a representative from the very popular and engaging Merit Emergency. Begin the school year with these important skills.  

Class fee: $65.  Please bring cash or checks made out to Merit Emergency with you.  

Register with Teacher Jena here.

Building Sibling Relationships Parts 1 & 2 (White Center Cooperative Preschool) — Franklin/Brock

Mondays, January 23 AND Feb 27, 7:00-9:00 PM   

Family life is challenging during ordinary times. As public health crises continue to impact our communities, it’s not surprising that many homes with siblings continue to feel a bit like a pressure cooker! While sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress, they also can be very beneficial and rewarding. In this class, we look at common mistakes caregivers make when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to foster healthy sibling relationship development.

Register with Teacher Dawn here 

Thriving Amidst COVID, RSV & the Flu (in person, location TBA) — Lim

Tuesday, January 24th, 7:00-9:00 PM 

Making travel plans and want to feel safe? Worried about infecting a loved one? Never heard of RSV but it sounds scary? Caregivers have been inundated with information about the latest disease that may infect your child. It may be difficult to piece it all together and figure out how much risk you are comfortable with. In this open discussion, we welcome Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, Dylan Green (father to two students within Co-op), to talk about the science, discuss current data and answer questions about risk and prevention.

Register with Teacher Helen here

What’s the Big Secret? (virtual)  — Ushimaru/Inghram

Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00–9:00 PM   

When and how do you talk to your children about sexuality? Where do you start? How do you answer questions in a developmentally appropriate way? Children are learning about sexuality from the moment they are born and you are your child’s primary sex educator. This seminar will equip you with some communication skills and resources to make the process of identifying and sharing your values and information more comfortable for you and your child.

Register with Teacher Kylene here

Will My Child Be Ready for Kindergarten?  — Ushimaru

Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 

Doubting that Co-op children learn academic content when it looks like they are just having fun?  Heard that Kindergarten is the new First Grade?  Replace worry with information in this evening devoted to understanding the science of how children learn. Explore the subtle yet powerful changes that build from Co-op  2’s to 3’s, culminating in a Co-op Pre-K class aligned with WaKIDS  Washington State Kindergarten Entrance Guidelines. Sharing how her practical experience is based on the latest research, Kylene Ushimaru is a Pre-K teacher who has graduated many successful learners.  Bring your questions and concerns. 

Register with Teacher Kylene here

The Mask You Live In (Fairmount Park Elementary)  — Schill

Tuesday January 31st, 7:00-9:00pm

In partnership with the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA, join us for an in-person screening of The Mask You Live InThe Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.  Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

Register with Teacher Jen here.

Parenting in the Age of Anxiety (virtual) — Schill/O’Hern

Saturday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00 PM 

Do you have an anxious child? Do you trend anxious yourself? Our “hurry up” world–with its 24/7 news cycle and oceans of information–is certainly no help. It can be difficult to know how to successfully offer comfort and support to our children. Come join us to learn what anxiety is, the physiology of the anxious response, and how to care for ourselves and our children when our nervous systems start to run away from us.

Register with Teacher Jen here.

Disability is Diversity (virtual) — Schill

Tuesday February 28th, 7:00-9:00pm

Presented by the Arc of King County: Disability is a form of diversity so often left out of equity and social justice conversations. Join us as we explore how biases impact our words and the way we treat people with disabilities. If you have a disability, or know, love and work with people with disabilities, you don’t want to miss this critical conversation.

Topics include: 

Disability Rights is Civil Rights

Respectful Language

The Different Forms of Disability 

The Models of Disability 

Register with Teacher Jen here.