Families

Whatcom County classes for parenting babies to ’tweens

Bellingham Technical College

Parenting classes at Bellingham Technical College are generally one or two credits. Tuition per credit for state residents taking up to 10 credits in 2015 is $105.96. Half scholarships are available for some classes. For more information online, go to btc.ctc.edu.

Moms, Dads and Babies

A short evening course for moms and dads and their babies. Share with other parents while playing with your infant and learn about parenting in the first six months.

Dates and times: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, June 1 to 22

Location: Room 33, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.

Baby ‘n’ Me

A daytime class for parents and their infants up through seven months of age. Covers topics related to sleep, development, nutrition, adjusting to parenting, and play.

Dates and times: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, April 15 to June 3

Location: Room 33, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.

Baby ‘n’ Me

A daytime class for parents and their older babies. Covers topics related to emerging language, safety, nutrition and beginning discipline.

Dates and times: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14 to June 2

Location: Room 33, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.

Exploring With Toddlers

A series of 10, once-a-week morning classes for adults and toddlers aged 1-2 to attend together. Form lasting relationships with other families while children learn through play in a fun, safe, preschool-like environment.

Dates and times: 9:15-11:45 a.m. Thursdays, April 16 to June 19; or 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, April 15 to June 17

Location: Rooms 24, 26, 32, First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave.

Exploring With Toddlers

A series of 10, once-a-week morning classes for adults and toddlers aged 2 to attend together. Form lasting relationships with other families while children learn through play in a fun, safe, preschool-like environment.

Dates and times: 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays, April 13 to June 22 (no class May 25)

Location: Y Building, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

More Than One

Four different classes, each a series of 10 once-a-week morning classes for adults with multiple children (birth to 5 years) or those with a preschool-age child without siblings.

Dates and times: 9:30-noon Tuesdays, April 14 to June 16; 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, April 15 to June 17; 9-11:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 16 to June 18; 9-11:30 a.m. Fridays, April 17 to June 19

Location: Y Building, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Raising Toddlers And Preschoolers

Once-a-week adult discussion class offers information on understanding young children their emotional and social development, and appropriate discipline techniques.

Dates and times: 7-9 p.m. Mondays, April 20 to May 18

Location: Y Building, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Raising School-Age Children

The adult discussion hybrid class for parents and caregivers of children ages 6-11 years offers the flexibility of an online curriculum as well as two classroom sessions to practice parenting skills. Topics include dealing with ’tweens, encouraging cooperation and responsibility, avoiding power struggles and communicating with your child.

Dates and times: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 22 and June 10; remainder of the class is online

Location: Y Building, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Creating A Cooperative Family

Based on positive discipline techniques, this two-day adult discussion class helps to build a more cooperative, respectful and joyful relationships with your child(ren).

Dates and times: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 2 and May 9

Location: Y Building, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Love and Logic For Successful Parenting Workshop

Based on the Love and Logic philosophy, this one-day workshop unlocks the secrets of successful parenting for parents of tots to teens.

Dates and times: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 16

Location: Haskell Center Building, Room 115, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is a nonprofit agency that offers conflict prevention and intervention services for businesses, organizations, individuals and families. It seeks to build the capacity of community members to better manage conflict as it arises, and to learn ways to minimize the possibility of it occurring.

The center offers training for adults and youths to build skills and reduce unproductive conflict. Recognizing that conflict is a normal part of life, and sometimes people and organizations need impartial assistance, the center also provides mediation, facilitation and coaching services. Details: whatcomdrc.org, 360-676-0122 or wdrc@whatcomdrc.org.

Helping Children Through Family Changes

The 4.5-hour seminar focuses on children’s needs during separation, divorce, parenting plan development, and other family changes. The course is required for any divorcing parent with minor children.

Dates and times: Offered monthly at different days and times. Classes fill quickly and far in advance.

Location: Varies, location given when participant registers.

Cost: The course fee is $45 per person (with sliding scale available). Each parent must call to complete their own registration. A certificate is given to each person who completes the seminar and pays the fee. The certificate may then be filed with the court.

Contact: 360-676-0122.

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