“First Five Years” Virtual Parenting Training Offered Free of Charge

It is next to impossible to be good at something without practice, so why not practice your parenting skills? Prevention Works is offering a program for parents of children ages birth to five years of age called “First Five Years.” It is being offered free of charge thanks to a grant through United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a partnership between Prevention Works, and Mental Health Association (MHA).

The classes will be virtually held using Zoom Video Communication. The “First Five Years” program is a four session, 2-hour video & discussion group Parenting classes. They will run from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2020. One of the benefits of parenting classes is staying up to date on the newest and most effective parenting techniques.
Join the class and master the art of parenting. The program is for grandparents, nannies,
childcare professionals, early childhood educators, mental health professionals, and anyone else who lives and works with young children.
The program considers child development and parenting in terms of the age/stage of the child within the perspective of varied nuclear families and vignettes representative of diverse cultures.
Through this program, we provide parents with the tools they need to make the most of their children’s early years. This is an early intervention in an effort to increase school readiness.
Participants that attend this Parenting program will learn: the importance of developing language skills, increasing vocabulary, and providing positive learning opportunities during early brain development; the stages of development – why their child acts like he/she does; how to keep a child safe; how to bond with their child; the importance of self-care; and how they can discipline their young child.
Investing in support for parents in nurturing children will help give our next generation the chance they need to reach their full potential and succeed in life. Everyone can benefit from enhanced parental skills to be effective parents in today’s world. The classes are on-going so be sure to call to Kathleen Colby at 664-3608 to register. The link to the Zoom training will be provided Since 1974, Prevention Works, a United Way partner agency, has been providing prevention education and community awareness on alcohol, other drugs and compulsive gambling.
Prevention Works is the only NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about Prevention Works services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623 or visit our Web Site: http://www.preventionworks.us