These Home and Family Life seminars are FREE (except ticketed events) 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 welcome!  Adults only please unless noted on the class description. 

Co-op Butterfly Families (Ongoing Discussion Group)

Monday Sept. 27th, 8:00 PM and/or Monday October 18th, 7:30PM, Sunday November 14th,10:00 AM (Schill) 

Virtual discussion via Zoom

Co-op’s monthly discussion group for families with children with higher needs/sensitivities. The purpose of the group is to learn from one another, offering support, experiences, and resources, as well as building community and connection.  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 Jen Schill

Infant, Child, & Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training  (certification valid for 2 years) 

Thursday, September 30th, at 6:00-9:00 PM -OR- Saturday, October 2nd, 1-4 PM 

Locations TBD, each class will be held in-person, masked, and socially distanced. (Skeffington)

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: $60.  Please bring cash or checks made out to Merit Emergency with you.   

Register with Teacher Charlotte here

Guidance & Discipline Techniques for Children 1 to 3 years old

Wednesday, Oct 20th, 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

Information on child growth and development along with age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented. Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits. 

Register with Teacher Kylene here

Gender Diversity 101

Tuesday, October 26th, 7:30 – 9:30 PM  Virtual class  (Schill)

While societal awareness is increasing, we still have questions and are not always sure how to address the needs of trans, gender diverse and non-binary children. Terms and definitions seem confusing–genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, non-binary, and gender fluid.  We all bring questions from our own perspectives: How do I talk with my child about themselves or people they encounter when I am not sure what I know or how I feel? How can a child be transgender or gender diverse? Aren’t they too young to know? Is it alright to talk with children about this and what is age-appropriate? Join gender education specialist Aidan Key in examining the topic of gender diversity in children and teens, the challenges faced by these youth and their families, exploring current research, and identifying the best approaches for creating inclusive, supportive environments for these children.

Register with Teacher Jen here.

Co-op 101

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 7:00-9:00 PM  White Center Co-op @ Mt. View Presbyterian Church 10806 12th Ave. SW 98146 (Jenness)

What does it mean to be part of an SSC Co-op?  Why is Co-op play-based? What can I do to support my child and others in the classroom?  This class is for you if you are new to Co-op, a Co-op veteran who hasn’t taken the class, a parenting partner or caregiver who wants to understand “Co-op language”. 

Register with Teacher Janet here

Mirrors and Windows: Using Children’s Literature for Social Justice Education 

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 7:30 – 9:30 PM Virtual Class (Schill)

Children’s literature can be an extremely effective way for parents to start conversations about diversity, equity, and fairness with their children.  One can do this using books in which children can see themselves reflected on the pages (mirrors) and those in which they can see into the lives of people who are different from them (windows).  Come dive into having kid-friendly conversations about race, immigration, diverse families, and more, using some wonderful books as tools!  

Register with Teacher Jen here.

Guidance & Discipline Techniques for Children 3 to 5 years old   

Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 7:00–9:00 PM  Virtual Class (Ushimaru)

 Information on child growth and development, along with age appropriate behavioral expectations will be presented.  Direct and indirect guidance techniques will be discussed along with setting and enforcing limits.  

Register with Teacher Kylene here .

Holiday Gift Making   

RSVP Deadline: November 6th

Kit Pickup: November 20th 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (location TBA) (Schill)

Help children learn the meaning of gift-giving—and maybe expand their focus outward during quarantine. This class is designed for adult and child to spend quality one-on-one time together creating gifts for family and friends. Come pick up your kit that will be full of materials with instructions for each project.  You choose your project time together–all at once or one or two activities per day. Designed for children 3 to 5 years, working with an adult caregiver. $20.00 supply fee. Class size is limited, register early to ensure your spot.

 Register with Teacher Jen here.

Let Me Help!

Tuesday, November 30, 7:00-9:00 PM Virtual Class (Franklin)

Including children in household chores gives them hands-on learning through routine tasks while they share the family workload and learn responsibility. But how can we accomplish this in a way that is both effective and safe? COVID-19 has brought cleaning and disinfecting at home into the spotlight. In this seminar, I will share information from King County Hazardous Waste about how to identify – and make your own – safer cleaners and disinfectants. Then, we will discuss realistic expectations and practical tips for enlisting the help of even the youngest family members. 

Register with Teacher Dawn here

The Magic of Special Time

Wednesday, December 15, 7:00 – 9:00  Virtual class (Garrett)

Has your parent educator ever recommended “special time” as a solution to a parenting dilemma? Maybe your teacher, pediatrician, therapist, a friend or family member? Why is everyone recommending we do this thing that sounds so obvious? When special time is recommended, many parents find themselves thinking: don’t I do that already? How is it possible that something so simple could help me with challenges that are so complex? Or they may see the value but struggle to get started or establish a routine. In this session we will discuss what special time is, how it has helped families, how to get started, and how to create a routine or add value to an existing one. Presenter Annie Garrett is a Parent Educator who was trained in special time by the Hand in Hand Parenting course and was thus converted from skeptic to devout practitioner of special time 1.5 years ago. 

Register with Teacher Annie here