Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. However, parenthood doesn’t come with a training manual. So who teaches parents and caregivers? Programs like the Parenting Education Program at South Puget Sound Community College.
To mark the 75th anniversary of parenting education programs in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation declaring November 18-22 Parenting Education Week. In addition to the SPSCC Parenting Education Program, 19 other community and technical colleges in Washington offer similar programs.
“Parents are a child's first teacher,” SPSCC Parent Education Program Coordinator Christine Moon said. “Parenting education can provide parents with the skills and knowledge they need to provide the best start to their child's education and future. Our programs teach parents skills and information that current research indicates is most effective in creating an environment that produces resilient, confident, socially competent children.”
Nearly 11,000 parents and caregivers participated in parenting education classes statewide last year. But several things make the program at SPSCC unique.
“We have on-campus and off-campus parent education opportunities,” Associate Professor Karen Minnich said. “Parents building knowledge and confidence through the lab setting with hands-on learning opportunities makes the co-op and on-campus programs a unique learning experience. The development of a parenting support group also makes it unique.”
For more information about the South Puget Sound parenting Education Program, go online to www.spscc.edu/parenting, or call (360) 596-5434.