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Parent Education Opportunity Come and participate in order to learn useful and effective techniques for parenting. This is an exciting, fast moving 8 week course (16 hours) designed to inform and motivate each participant to increase their parenting skills. These sessions are for parents, expectant parents, grandparents, childcare providers, and others who are interested in enhancing their childrearing abilities. Sessions held on Tuesdays April 28-June 16, 2015 Where : Appomattox Regional Library, Hopewell, VA. Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm To register Call the 6th District CSU @ 804-541-2265 DEADLINE for Registration: APRIL 20, 2015 The sessions are free to the community, but you must register. The Parent Education Consortium: Hopewell/Prince George Healthy Families, First Connections VA, 6th District Court Service Unit, Hopewell Public Schools, Prince George Public Schools, Hopewell Department of Social Services, Prince George Department of Social Services, District 19 CSB

CDC Launches Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers CDC’s new resource for positive parenting: Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for parents of 2 to 4 year olds, Essentialsfor Parentingaddresses common parenting challenges, like tantrums and whining. Positive parenting skills and techniques can reduce parenting stress and provide parents with ways to handle their child’s misbehavior. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior and decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies like positive communication, structure and rules, clear directions, and consistent discipline and consequences. Build the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship with Essentials for Parenting. Essentials for Parenting includes:

Learn More: CDC’s Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers Many thanks to our colleagues at CDC for sharing this important information. Feel free to share with interested parties. The direct link is:   Reading and talking are important for child development 20141002__05rhvitw1_500-150x150When Stevie Benkendorf sits down to read and visit with her grandson, Jack, she is continuing a tradition she first experienced at the side of her father. Sadly, for many children, this type of conversation and reading experience is not a common thing. Recognizing the importance of reading and talking with children, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement in June of this year. It recommends that, “pediatric providers advise parents of young children that reading aloud and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development and parent-child relationships.” Learn more.