For babies, newborn to 16 months
This weekly parent-baby class offers a great learning opportunity for you and your infant, with shared experiences of play, music, and movement. You’ll find peer support as you meet and share with other parents who may be going through the same exciting and challenging changes. Our team of parenting instructor, children’s music specialist and nutritionist will help guide you through your early months with your infant and as they become a busy wobbler.
Read more details below, or check out this video, from our in-person class:
What will your child experience at our class?
These are a “mommy and me” style class where babies accompany their caregiver (mother, father, grandparent, or nanny) to the weekly class.
Whether we’re meeting online or in-person: Music time introduces music, rhymes, fingerplays, and engaging movement activities, all of which enhance early brain development. Parents will be given ideas for stimulating hands-on activities they can do with children at home.
Online (Winter 2021): Our weekly class time on Zoom will include: online music / concept experiences; ideas for creating a “yes” space in your home environment with age appropriate materials and/or ideas for snacks and nutrition information; plus time for observation of the children followed by sharing and reflecting on the observation.
In-Person (when health department guidelines allow for a return to the classroom): The classroom is a calm, nurturing environment where children are encouraged to freely explore and guide their own learning. There are developmentally appropriate toys, sensory materials, books, and everyday objects for your child to discover.
What will you get out of our class?
Parent education sessions are held each week. (Online in Winter 2021.) We address family interactions and relationships in the important first months of the child’s life and support parents in their learning and growing with their child. Enjoy discussions that focus on meeting the needs of both parent and child. Topics centered on daily routines, sleep, nutrition, responding with respect, child directed play and the play environment will be explored as well as understanding temperaments, parenting styles, health and safety, crying, positive guidance and limit setting. An observation time will provide better understanding and encouragement of the unfolding of motor, emotional, social, cognitive development, and the skills and needs of children. Our Parent Education Instructor helps you sort through all the theories and ideas so that you can make informed choices that help you become the parent you want to be.
What Our Students Say About this Class
I think this class should be required for every parent! It’s so helpful to be able to discuss issues and get ideas… Our discussions gave me many moments to reflect on and even adjust my parenting. I enjoyed sharing the learning with my husband and with my friends.
Schedule, Location and Visiting a Class:
For Winter 2021, all classes are online on Zoom. The daytime session is 75 minutes, which includes Music/Concept experiences for the children, Observation and Reflection, snack and nutrition suggestions, and parenting tips. There is also one evening parent education session each week.
When health guidelines allow for a return to in-person classes: Classes will be held at our infant classroom on the Bellevue College campus. Parent education is held during class time.
To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements. Typically, if space is available, they will allow you and your child to join the class one time for thirty minutes to see if it’s a good fit.
How to Register
Infant and Wobbler (Young Toddler) classes start in late September and run through May (except for Item # 7003, which starts in January). Students may join at any point in the school year, if there is space available. Age limits for each class are listed in the table below.
To register, check the table below to find the item number of the class you want to enroll in, then go to our online registration form. If you are registering before the baby is born, enter your due date where it asks for the child’s birth date.
Tuition: For online classes (2020-21), $183.88 is the total cost per quarter. $53.88 will be paid directly to Bellevue College through the online registration process, and $130 will be paid to your class instructor. (Note: this tuition is $65 less per quarter than an in-person class would be.) A second child from the same family will pay 50% less. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.
If you have any questions about the class, email the instructor via the links below.
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|Class||Item#||Birthdate||Online Schedule (Winter 2021)||In-Person Schedule (future)||Instructor||Availability|
|Infants||7001||1/20-5/21||M 9:45-11:00a||M 9:30-11:30a||Vicki Smolke||Open|
|Wobblers / Young Toddlers||7004||5/19 - 12/19||W 9:45-11:00a||W 9:30-11:30a||Vicki Smolke||Open|
|Wobblers / Young Toddlers||7005||5/19 - 12/19||Th 9:45-11:00a||Th 9:30-11:30a||Vicki Smolke||Open|
Last Updated March 4, 2021