• PARENT EDUCATION COURSES

    AVANCE

    AVANCE is an Early Childhood Education program for parents and their children 0 - 3 years old. The AVANCE approach imparts parenting knowledge that directly impacts children's development while enabling parents to achieve their own educational and professional goals. AVANCE's renowned Parent-Child Education Program instills a philosophy of nurturing care, wellness, and language development in caregivers as they embrace their role as their child's first teacher and their home as first classroom.

    AVANCE classes are held at McDowell and McKinley Elementary schools from January 23rd through May 19th, 2017.  Different parenting topics are discussed at each meeting, including:

    • Parenting classes (nutrition, health, discipline, etc.)
    • Toy making
    • Community resources
    • Early education for babies and children

    At the end of the semester, parents and children participate in a graduation ceremony.

    For more information call Petaluma Adult School at 707-778-4633 or the McDowell Family Resource Center at 707-778-4697.

    Pasitos/Little Steps

    Pasitos is a program for Spanish-speaking parents and their three and four-year-olds who are not attending preschool. The goal of the program is to help prepare children to be successful in school and provide parents with tools that will maximize their impact as the first and most important teacher and primary advocate for their child. Parents are encouraged to form a social network on behalf of their children. Pasitos participants attend weekly playgroup gatherings and monthly workshops.

    Pasitos classes are held at McDowell and McKinley Elementary schools from January 23rd through May 19th, 2017. The program is free, weekly, and bilingual in Spanish and English.

    For more information call Petaluma Adult School at 707-778-4633 or the McDowell Family Resource Center at 707-778-4697.

    Parent with child

    Petaluma Parent Nursery School

    Co-op classes are held at the Petaluma Parent Nursery School (PPNS) for children 2.9 - 5 years old. Parents volunteer at the nursery school in addition to paying semester and monthly fees.

    • Caterpillars (2.9 - 3.9 years) attend school Monday - Friday, 9 - 11:45am. Gymnastics is held on alternate Wednesdays from 9 - 10am.
    • Butterflies (4 - 5 years) attend school Monday - Friday, 9 - 11:45am. Class time on Mondays is occasionally extended to 1:30pm. Gymnastics or Butterfly field trip days are held on alternate Wednesdays from 9 - 10am.

    For more information visit petalumaparentnurseryschool.org or call the Family Resource Center at 707-778-4697.

    Ready for Kindergarten

    Designed for children who have not attended preschool. Ready for K is for families who have a child entering TK or Kindergarten, at McDowell, McKinley, McNear, or Valley Vista schools in August 2019. Transitional Kindergarten is for children who are age 5 by 1/15/20 and Kindergarten is for children who are age 5 by 9/1/19. These free classes are hel at McKinley School in the PPNS Classroom located at 810 Madison St. in Petaluma. Free childcare provided for younger siblings of children enrolled in Ready for Kindergarten. 

    Classes are two days a week! 

    February 5th through May 9, 2019

    Tuesday and Thursday

    12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

     

    Please call McDowell Family Resource Center at 707-778-4697 for more information.