MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Head Start in partnership with United Way of Knox County invites expectant parents and parents of infants and toddlers to two FREE parenting training classes from 6 to 8 p.m. at New Hope Early Childhood Center, 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon.

The first training is entitled “The Magic of Connecting” on Tuesday, April 30 2019.

This training will help parents and caregivers learn how to build strong connections with infants and toddlers through play, which in turn will support healthy brain development, build trusting relationships, and encourage cooperation. Parents will learn the basic ingredients for building healthy connections as well as fun games to play using “I Love You Rituals.”

The second training is entitled “Handling Your Toddler’s Fussing & Fits” on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Your sweet little baby has grown to be a more independent toddler and is starting to exert his or her independence. Often, a toddler’s strong feelings are expressed through tantrums and power struggles. What is a parent to do?

In this two-hour interactive training, parents will learn how to handle the “fussing and the fits” by learning about what typical toddler behavior looks like; ways to avoid engaging in power struggles, and how to set up your toddler and yourself for success as you travel through this developmental stage together.

Renee Sutherland, LISW-S will be the trainer for both sessions. She has a sincere passion to help parents and teachers be all that they can be for the children that they live and work with. Ms. Sutherland provides a variety of workshops that address the importance of healthy connections, safety and helpful ways to address the many behavior challenges that confront parents and teachers. Her extensive experience in early childhood education as a classroom teacher and Center Director, her background as a Clinical Social Worker in Early Childhood Mental Health, along with her first-hand experience in implementation of Conscious Discipline® across Head Start agencies, gives her practical insights and stories to share with her audiences.

Free child care and dinner are provided during the trainings and each participant receives a $10 gift card for each session. Sessions are made possible with funding by the United Way of Knox County as part of the Parent Support Initiative. Registration is required for the trainings. Call Knox County Head Start at 740-393-6985 to register and schedule child care during the training. If you need transportation to and from the training, request it when registering.


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