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Bellevue College’s Parent Education program offers parent-child classes and cooperative preschools in Bellevue, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, and Online. Classes are designed specifically for each stage of development: babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary up to age seven. Our children’s programs are all play-based and hands-on, which research tells us is the most effective way for young children to learn. Children’s activities provide diverse active learning experiences that support the development of creativity, emotional intelligence, literacy, math, science, music, physical abilities and social skills. Classes are offered for the full school year (mid-year enrollment is possible as space allows) which encourages teachers, children and parents to develop longer-term relationships than the typical children’s program. Brain research shows that children learn best when they feel safe, happy, and connected.

Most children’s classes are only focused on what the kids are learning. What makes our classes unique is parent involvement and parent education. Parents participate in the classroom (every week with our youngest children and once a month with our oldest kids), so they are involved in their child’s education, seeing first-hand the classroom activities and ways that the teacher engages and guides the children’s learning. Parent education sessions allow parents to connect with other moms, dads, and caregivers, building community, and getting support for the ups and downs of parenting. Sessions are led by skilled college faculty, who are also experienced parents, and who offer evidence-based information balanced with practical tips about all aspects of parenting and child development.

For those of you on campus, our offices are located in the T Building.

 

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Positive Discipline Class Begins Soon!

This 5-week introduction to positive discipline parenting course is for parents of children ages 1 through 12 who want to learn to parent with firmness and kindness and be effective in teaching their child important social and life skills. Positive Discipline is a long-standing parenting program that teaches foundational parenting principles to guide your family …more about Positive Discipline Class Begins Soon!


Parent Education Through Continuing Education

Plan to register for these timely classes, offered through the Continuing Education division of Bellevue College.  All sessions meet on Saturdays throughout the fall. For more information, contact the instructor, Jennifer Watanabe.  Follow the link below the information for each class to register.   Grandparenting Today Times have changed. Love in the family is still paramount; …more about Parent Education Through Continuing Education