SVH: Programs Help With Parenting Skills

Programs Help With Parenting Skills

Simi Valley Hospital’s Child Development Center (CDC) now offers an opportunity for parents and their children to learn and play together in the beautiful, new 3,500-square-foot PlaySpace.

Located next to the CDC at 1922 Erringer Road in Simi Valley (on the southeast corner of Erringer and Los Angeles), PlaySpace offers a fun-filled activity area for children while Mom and Dad build their parenting skills through group discussions and expert guidance. PlaySpace provides a variety of ongoing classes and lectures.

The University of Parenting

The Parent Enrichment Program is designed for parents of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Parents and children attend the eight-week class sessions together.

In addition to group play time, the parents have the chance to spend time together, discussing various issues and getting tips on how to resolve parenting problems. Topics include reading your child’s cues, positive discipline, toilet learning, language development, conflict resolution, developing self-esteem in your child, building children’s interactive play skills, dealing with power struggles and more.

PlaySpace is a wonderland for the kids who attend the program, offering swings, trains, arts and crafts, dress-up clothes, a ball pit, computers, puzzles, games, bicycles and much more in an open, calm and clean environment.

The eight-week Parent Enrichment Program classes begin when the enrollment is large enough to start a new session. The general schedule is Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for toddlers (18 to 30 months) and Mondays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. for infants (birth to walking).

There is also a parents-only class, called “Parenting Your School-Aged Child,” for parents with children in kindergarten through sixth grade. That group meets on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Other meeting times for all three groups may be offered, based on interest and instructor availability.

To register for the Parent Enrichment Program, call 805-955-7137.

Building Stronger Families

The CDC also offers “The Family Strengthening Series,” one-time presentations that are designed to provide encouragement and confidence to parents and stimulate an enriching environment in which to raise children. The programs are free of charge to the public. Call 805-955-7137 for more information.


Posted 5/2/02