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Mission Statement

Washington State Community and Technical College Parenting Education Programs
are committed to building stronger and healthier families by increasing knowledge and skills through participation in adult-child learning environments.


Parent Education programs provide practical, experiential learning laboratories which have the following objectives:

  • To develop realistic age level expectations from knowledge of normal behavior and growth.
  • To clarify child rearing values and attitudes and to explore methods of child guidance.
  • To learn about the physical needs of family members: nutrition, safety, first aid, childhood illness, exercise, and stress management.
  • To experience and understand the role of parent involvement in maintaining high quality learning environments for children.
  • To develop skills and proactive teaching young children in the following areas: art, science, concept development, language, music, motor skills, and cooperative play.
  • To share support, consultation, and resource information concerning child rearing and family life.
  • To learn and discuss contemporary family concerns such as: child abuse, divorce, sexual assault, illness and death, and family resource management.
  • To develop skills in group organization and leadership.
  • To develop and/or increase confidence in managing the demanding role of parents in a changing society.
  • To strengthen family communication and relationships.
Program Summaries
Parent Infant/Toddler Relationships

Group observation and participation experience for parents of one and two year old children to study and discuss relevant parenting topics. Discussions are enhanced through the use of current literature, videos and guest speakers. Observing and interacting with children age 12-36 months provide the laboratory experience.

Parent Cooperative Preschools

Coop Preschools provides parents and families to with a research based educational philosophy in which they can gain leadership experience, educational knowledge, and college credit for participating in our programs while their child gains and builds life skills.

Parents of children ages 3-5 years enroll in a WWCC Parenting Education course which meets one evening per month. Parents register their child with a preschool class. Each Parent Cooperative Preschool charges tuition to cover operational costs for the program. Parents participate in the classroom throughout the year to gain experience and practice applying what they have learned during the parenting education discussions and topics from the monthly meeting.

Class Information

Classes are held at the Walla Walla Community College Parent Child Center.  We have two classes available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Tuesday, Thursday.  The class begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 11:30 AM.

Tot Spot

Tot Spot provides quality parenting education with qualified staff to parents and families of our community. Due to a generous grant, all participants are given this educational opportunity at no cost to them.

This parent education course provides an opportunity to discuss and study relevant parenting topics. Discussions are enhanced through the use of current literature, videos, and guest speakers from the community. Observing and interacting with children provides the laboratory experience.

Class Information
Classes are held at the Pioneer Church in Walla Walla on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.