Parenting Education Participants

Play & Learn Together

The Parenting Education programs at Walla Walla Community College provide a unique opportunity for you, the parent or caregiver, to engage in your child’s education. We combine parenting education with developmentally appropriate and hands-on learning experiences for you and your child. Our program has been operating since 1974, promoting strong and healthy families by providing knowledge and fostering skills development. Parents and children can enroll in an infant, toddler, and/or preschool classes.

Parents who enroll in our Parenting Education courses:
  • Recognize the importance of play in a child’s healthy growth
  • Discuss child development and parenting strategies with an experienced educator
  • Support and guide children to develop social and emotional regulation skills
  • Become engaged in their child’s education by participation in the classroom
  • Make new friends with parents who have children of similar ages
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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.

Objectives

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

  • To develop knowledge about realistic age level expectations 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 by proactively 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, 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.

WWCC Parenting Education programs are in affiliation with the Organization for Parenting Education Programs (OPEP) run by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. To learn more about OPEP, click here.