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The Parent Education Consortium is now housed at:

ISU Linn County Extension & Outreach
383 Collins Road NE
Suite 201
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

office phone: 319-377-9839
cell phone: 319-540-2426
fax: 319-377-0475
www.extension.iastate.edu/linn

Parent Education Consortium

The Parent Education Consortium is a resource available to any parent of young children. Parenting classes are an investment in personal growth and an investment in your child’s future. The benefits of participating in a parenting class will last a lifetime.

 

It is through the use of Linn County Community Empowerment funds that the PEC is able to provide parents and caregivers of young children in our community:

  • Parenting Classes
  • Parenting Resource Materials
  • Group Presentations
  • Professional Development In-Services
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To register for classes, please contact Janice Savel, Parent Education Consortium Coordinator, at
319-540-2426 or email at jsavel@iastate.edu.


Class Schedule (updated 9/3/2014)

Class
Location

Class
Meets

Session
Dates

Session
Times

Parenting Young Children (0-5yrs)

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403

Wednesday
Mornings

 

Sept. 10 – Oct. 15, 2014

 

9-11 a.m.

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403

Tuesday
Evenings

 

Oct. 14 – Nov. 18, 2014

 

6-8 p.m.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
1350 Lyndhurst Dr
Hiawatha IA 52233

Monday
Evenings

 

Oct. 13 – Nov. 17, 2014

 

5:30-7:45 p.m.

Parenting Young Children (0-5yrs)

Parenting a Preschooler

Cedar Rapids Public Library
450 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids IA 52403

Tuesday
Evenings

 

Oct. 14 – Nov. 18, 2014

 

6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 *Parents are asked to call ahead to register for programs.  For class updates or for more information,
call Janice Savel, PEC Coordinator at the Parent Education Consortium of Linn County, at 319-540-2426.


 

PEC Mission Statement: The Parent Education Consortium (PEC) is an organization committed to increasing the capacity of the community to provide on-going parenting education, professional development, and access to resources in order to facilitate the development of caring, competent, healthy children.

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Parenting Classes

Pre-registration is required for any of the parenting classes listed below. The classes are held in small-group settings with class materials, meals and childcare provided free of charge.

 

For more information or to register for one of the parenting classes, contact the Parent Education Consortium, 319-540-2426.

 

Parenting Young Children
This class is designed for the parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children. Parents are invited to attend class with their children. In most cases, families eat dinner, have a structured parent-child activity, and then parents meet in a small group setting with one of our parent educators while children play in on-site childcare.

 

Parenting after Separation/Divorce
This class is for parents who are divorced, separated or never married. The focus is to support parents in their efforts to provide a nurturing home environment following a period of family change. The series is primarily intended for families with children under six years of age. However, consideration will be given to parents with older children, as space permits.

 

Parenting in Step Families
This class is for parents who are co-habiting, thinking of remarriage, or who are parents in a step family household. The focus of this program is to support parents in their efforts to provide a nurturing home environment following a period of family change.

 

Dads Assisting Dads
The program stresses the importance of active father participation in family life to strengthen relationships between dads and their kids. The class is a series of weekly group meetings. Fathers meet with a parent educator where they are invited to ask questions about stress management, family communications and relationships, as well as child development and parenting. A parent/child activity is assigned each week to be done outside of class. On-site childcare services are available, in most cases.

 

Second Step Parenting
This class is for parents who have been court ordered to attend a parenting program or who have been referred by a counselor. The program helps parents to develop more empathy and to control impulses and anger. Classes meet as a small group. Parents enjoy a meal or snack, and then they discuss how to be a better parent. Skills in solving problems and resolving conflict are taught as well as how to improve family communications. The teacher shares ideas for activities parents and children can do together after each class.


Parenting Resource Materials


The PEC has a wealth of DVD’s, videos and print materials on topics important to parents and caregivers of young children.  All are welcome to visit the PEP (Parent Educator Partnership) Library between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday.  The library is located at 1120 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

 

Materials may be ordered over the phone by contacting Liz Hooley in the PEP Library at 319-399-6719 or lhooley@aea10.k12.ia.us   

 

A select number of materials are also available for loan at any of our parenting class locations throughout the year.

Parenting Resources in the PEP Library

BOOKS

Ages & Stages: A Parent’s Guide to Normal Childhood Development
by Dr. Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Foy Digeronimo
A comprehensive parent’s guide to your child’s psychological development from birth through age 10.

 

Parenting Children with ADHD :10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach
by Vincent J. Nonastra, Ph.D.
Using non-confrontational ways to teach your child essential life skills like organization, problem-solving, and emotional control.

 

Strengthening Your Stepfamily
by Elizabeth Einstein, M.A. and Linda Albert Ph.D.|
Comprehensive coverage of the most important issues for stepfamilies, including:   adjustment, expectations, dealing with step-sibling rivalry and working with non-custodial parents.

 

Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents
by Janice Levy
A story for all kids who can’t live with their parents, regardless of the circumstances.  It’s a story about resilience, loyalty, hope, disappointment, love, sadness and anger too.

 

Kid-Wrangling: The Real Guide to Caring for Babies, Toddlers and Little Kids
by Kaz Cooke
A down-to-earth guide for the first few years of parenting.  Funny, reassuring, practical, and completely devoid of judgmental guru speak about the right way to do things. 

 

Parenting an Only Child
Susan Newman, PhD
In recent years, the number of couples choosing to have one child has risen sharply.  Whether it’s by choice or fate, having a single child presents unique considerations, opportunities, and advantages. Social psychologist Susan Newman, who has been studying single-child families since the 1980’s shatter the myths of the lonely child and provides in-dept coverage of the critical issues.

 

You and Your Only Child
Patricia A. Nachman, Ph.D., with Andrea Thompson
Single-child families are more common than ever before, yet many parents are concerned that they are somehow cheating their child of a “real” family experience.  Recent findings, however suggest that only children are frequently more confident, verbal and quick to learn than children from larger families.  In this reassuring and practical book, Dr. Patricia Nachman presents solid, well-supported evidence that the myths surrounding only children are jus that-myths.

 

DVD
1-2-3 Magic (Now available on DVD)
MORE 1-2-3 Magic (Now available on DVD) 

The Not-So-Terrible Two’s
A Learning Seed DVD
A cast of cuties demonstrate the major physical, mental, emotional and developmental milestones of the third year of life. Includes language skills, toilet training, self-awareness, and concern for others.

 

Child’s Play: How Having Fun Turns Kids into Adults
A learning Seed Video
Play is the engine that drives child development, so understanding play is key to any unit in child development or parenting education.  This video explores styles of play, the role of adults, and the value of toys.

 

Go to Bed! Kids and Sleep
A learning Seed Video
Bedtime is a battle ground where the wishes of parents fight the mysteries of sleep.  The battle begins from day one when the newborn arrives in the world with a case of universal “jet lag.”  Their first sleeping patterns are nearly random.  They slowly learn night from day and finally “sleep through the night.”  But life and sleep remain at odds throughout childhood.  Learn how parents can help children become “good sleepers”.

 

Childhood Nutrition (Preventing Obesity) 
DVD Series
Did you know that the number of overweight children in our country has tripled in the last two decades?  Obesity puts our kids at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, early heart disease and low self-esteem.  But how can parents combat fast food and couch potato lifestyles?  InJoy’s brand new Video Series has the answers.  With smart strategies and straight talk, parents learn effective ways to develop healthy eating and exercise habits for the whole family, so kids can feel their best- from the inside out.

 

Kids and Divorce:  For Better or Worse (DVD)
Hosted by journalist Dave Iverson, Kids & Divorce examines the emotional and legal aftermath of divorce, seeking to answer: What's best for the kids? In their own voices, parents and children tell their stories of facing divorce's fallout. This special explores the pros and cons of joint custody, looks at efforts to reform how custody is decided in the judicial system, and examines how divorce education programs are helping both parents and kids.

 

Children:  The Experts on Divorce (DVD)
Children speak of what they need from their parents—what helps and what hurts. Judges, mediators, therapists and Karl Malone also appear on camera. DVD makes parents more ready to collaborate and make agreements that will benefit their children. Have a box of tissues handy.

 

PEP Library materials may be ordered from Liz Hooley at (319) 399-6719 or lhooley@aea10.k12.ia.us.


PEP Resource Library Bibliography

 

Parenting Handout Topics

The PEC has a wealth of handouts available on a variety of topics related to child and family development. Below is a sampling of handouts readily available. Many handout topics are not listed. Please contact the PEC office at 319-377-9839 to order handouts, or to request information on topics not listed below.

 

HANDOUTS  RELATED TO FATHERHOOD:
Divorced Dads and the Holidays
Dad, You Can’t Make Up for Lost Time
Challenges for Single Custodial Dads
Single Dads and Communication
Single Dads and Expectations
5 Goals for Live Away Dads
Claim Your Children
Hope for Stepfathers
Communication with Your Ex
Tips for Parenting Long-Distance
Tips for Parents Who Don’t Live with Their Children
You Can Be a Great Step-father
You and Your Children’s Mother: Overcoming Anger for your Kids’ Sake
60 Seconds to Debt-Free Living
Is Your Marriage Headed for Divorce?
Fathers’ Activities with Their Kids
Five Father’s Day Gifts for Your Children
A Dad’s Secret Weapon: Parental Discussion
Important Things Non-Custodial Parent Should Know About Child Support
Marital Interaction
Great Dates (even for busy parents)
Dad and Mom:  United in Discipline
Give Her Your Shoulder, Not Your Mouth
Your Definition of Love
Feedback from Moms
The First 2 Vital Signs of a Healthy Marriage
Tune In To Your Wife
Work Stress and Marriage
How a Marriage Dies
Marriage Checkup
Marital Conflicts Without Casualties
Forgiveness In Marriage
Prepare to Fight Fair
What Children Gain When You Love Their Mom
The Best Gift for Your Child: Romance Your Wife
Successful Summer Visitations

 

MARRIAGE HANDOUTS:
Marital Interaction
Great Dates (even for busy parents)
Forgiveness in Marriage
Putting Conflict to R-E-S-T In Marriage
Marital Conflicts without Casualties
Prepare to Fight Fair
Becoming Best Friends with Your Husband
Five Tools of Good Marriages
Is Your Marriage Headed for Divorce?
Keeping Romance in Your Marriage
Keeping the Passionate Love Alive in Your Marriage
Marriage and Feelings
Planning to have A great Marriage and Family?
Risk Factors for Marital Problems
A Dad’s Secret Weapon: Parental Discussion
Ten Concepts of a Healthy Marriage
What is Marriage Coaching?
What Makes a Marriage Good?
Worth Doing Well
What Children Gain When You Love Their Mom
The Best Gift for Your Child: Romance Your Wife
Marriage: It Matters More Then You Can Imagine!
How a Marriage Dies
Work, Stress & Marriage
The First 2 Vital Signs of a Healthy Marriage
Feedback from Moms
Your Definition of Love
Give Her Your Shoulder, Not Your Mouth
Marriage Checkup
Dad and Mom United in Discipline

 

DIVORCE AND STEP FAMILY HANDOUTS:
You can be a Great Step-Father
Hope for Stepfathers
Communication with Your Ex
Your and Your Children’s Mother: Overcoming Anger for Your Kids’ Sake
Visitation Do and Don’ts
Step Parenting Tips
Building Relationships with Your Stepchildren
Financial Pitfalls for the Single Parent
Coping with Stress and Change
Talking with Children
A Child’s View
Successful Summer Visitations
Parenting in Stepfamilies
Frequently Asked Questions about Stepfamily Life
Common Stepfamily Myths
Stepfamily Facts
Parenting on Your Own
60 Seconds to Debt-Free Living
Allowing My Child to Love Both Families
Defuse With Limits
Children’s Rights
Tips for Parents Who Don’t Live With Their Children
Creating Two Homes
Tips for Easing Transitions
A Child’s Reactions to Divorce
Considerations When Changing Households
Taking Control of Conflict
A New Family Bill of Rights
Dear Mommy & Daddy, When you are Dating……
Divorce Rules
10 Ways to Make Time for Your Children
Tips for Parenting Long-Distance
A Dad’s Secret Weapon: Parental Discussion
Tips for Effective Co-Parenting (Parenting as a Team)
Important Things Non-Custodial and Custodial Parents Should
Know About Child Support

 

GENERAL PARENTING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN:
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  Birth to 12 months
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth: 12-24 Months
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  24-36 Months
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  TV’s Limited Role in Learning
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  Language and Literacy Skills
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  The Important Role of Adults
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  Culture & Learning
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  School Readiness
Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth:  Kindergarten Ahead
Ages & Stages:  1-12 months
Ages & Stages:  12-18 Months
Ages & Stages:  18-24 Months
Ages & Stages:  2 Years Old
Ages & Stages:  3 Years Old
Ages & Stages:  4 Years Old
Ages & Stages:  5 Years Old
Ages & Stages:  6-8 Years Old
Ages & Stages:  9-11 Years Old
Play to Learn
A Book is a Child’s Companion
Avoid the Morning Rush
Coming Home: Making the Transition
Sharing Work and Responsibilities
Leading a Double Life
Little Listeners in an Uncertain World
Is My Preschool Child Hyperactive?
Sibling Rivalry
Temper Tantrums
Toilet Training
Toys
Disciplining Your Toddler
Disciplining Your Preschooler
Self-Esteem
Biting
Child Care Checklist for Parents
Children and Sleep
Parenting on Your Own
Parenting in Stepfamilies
Using Consequences
16 Tools for Effective Parents
Learning to Read and Write
Fears
Language Development
Moving to a New Home
Television Time
What is a Temper Tantrum?


Group Presentations

In order to keep parents, caregivers, educators and community members abreast of current trends in the field of parent education, the PEC coordinates and delivers presentations in the community on a wide variety of topics related to parenting practices and healthy family development. 

 

The PEC staff has a variety of topics readily available for presentation.  Specific requests for customized community education sessions will be considered on a case by case basis.  To schedule a presentation please contact the Parent Education Consortium.

Community Education topics for presentations

Parenting Styles

Parenting Strategies

Parenting Effectively with Your Partner

Strong Families:  Dads Make A Difference

Differences in Maternal and Paternal Parenting Styles

Helping Kids Cope with Divorce and Family Change

Building Healthy Co-Parenting Relationships

Parenting Tips for Parenting in Step Families

Parenting Tips for Single Parents

Brain Development and Early Learning

Tips for Reading with Young Children and Encouraging Early Literacy

Early Literacy Milestones

Parenting Tips for Busy Parents

Parenting for Kindergarten Readiness

Family Routines:  Morning, Mealtime, Bedtime, and Daily Transition Times

Early Childhood Development

Sibling Fighting

Problem Solving with Parents

 

To schedule a presentation, or to discuss a customized program, contact the Parent Education Consortium, 319-377-9839.


Professional Development Inservices

The PEC provides professional development and continuing education opportunities for staff working with young children in a parent educator role.  Professionals interested in learning more about training opportunities should contact the Parent Education Consortium.

Upcoming Inservices - Always Available and Encouraged

Partnering with Parents:  Walking the Journey Together

 

Eleven modules offered through Iowa State University.  To read more about this training opportunity, please click on the following link: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/pwp/

 

Funds may be available for staffs of PEC Member agencies to offset cost of registration fees. Please contact the Parent Education Consortium, 319-377-9839.


Additional Supports for PEC Member Agency Staff

Staff employed by PEC partner agencies may borrow resources from the Parent Education Consortium Office.  Curriculum may be borrowed for the duration of a parenting class (up to 8 weeks).  Parent-child activity kits may be borrowed for up to one week. Partner agency staff are invited to contact Janice Savel in the PEC office at 319-377-9839 or jsavel@iastate.edu to request materials or to suggest items that they would like to see made available for future use in the facilitation of parent groups.

 

Curricula for Loan

Commercial curriculum kits are available for loan through the PEC office by partner agency staff members for the duration of a parenting group.  Excerpts from the introduction section of each kit are listed below. For more information about a specific kit, to make a reservation, to suggest a curriculum to purchase for future use, or to set up a time to preview a specific kit, professionals should contact Janice Savel in the PEC office by calling 319-377-9839 or jsavel@iastate.edu.

 

Basic Parenting:  The goal of this curriculum package is to nurture in parents the capacity to engage in mindful parenting and decision making in six areas: care for self, understand, nurture, guide, motivate and advocate. This program is responsive to the neediest audience, while simultaneously providing value to any parent, regardless of education or degree of child rearing difficulty. This curriculum is simple because it deals with the fundamentals of parenting.

 

Great Beginnings for Families:  This curriculum package was developed by Iowa State University Extension. It contains six lessons and support materials. The materials included are in both English and Spanish. The six lessons are:  Everyday Learning; Growing and Learning; Guidance and Discipline: Using Love and Limits; Getting Along; Building Family Strengths 1; and Building Family Strengths 2.

 

P.S. I Love You:  This curriculum is designed to create an atmosphere of interchange for all parents, but especially for those who have low reading skills, are non-readers, are new parents, or those served by human service agencies. The basic premise is that each parent is a good parent and wants to become a better parent - no judgments. Through individual and group activities, parents can reinforce positive interaction with their children and develop new ways to approach parenting.

 

Parenting with Love & Logic:  This program is designed to help adults achieve respectful and healthy relationships with children. It works well for children age 2-12 years. The program is based in “Love and Logic” philosophy which says:  love allows children to grow through their mistakes, and logic allows children to learn from the consequences of their choices. Adults help children learn when they share control, share thinking and decision-making, offer equal shares of empathy and consequences and allow children to maintain their self-concept.

 

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers:  This training program is based on the philosophy of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs with the concept of mutual respect at the core of the teachings. The program reflects the belief that it is not what happens to us, but what we decide about it that shapes our lives and influences human behavior. There are four levels that this program presents: the first is content, the second is process or experiential activities, the third is participation or role modeling, and the fourth is increasing self-awareness. 

 

1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!  Parenting Your 1-to 4-Year Old:  This program is a video-based, interactive learning experience. It works best with small groups of parents or caregivers of children ages one to four years. The flexible format of the material lends itself to modifications. The program teaches the importance of the parent’s self-esteem, the value of the child, basic developmental stages from ages one to four years, parental self-care, methods of bonding, non-violent discipline skills, encouragement skills, and prevention techniques.

 

Parenting Works:  This series is designed to help parents of pre-schoolers. It is comprised of 13 television programs about issues relevant to parenting youngsters.  The handbook, which accompanies the series, offers suggestions to parents once they’ve run out of ideas on how to deal with every day concerns, like bedtime, making friends, food, safety, or sibling rivalry. The series emphasizes the need for parents to talk with others about parenting, whether with a partner, spouse, neighbor or friend.  Curriculum stresses the idea that parenting is a developmental process for moms and dads and it requires a community of support.

 

STEP-Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Children Under Six:  Parenting young children is a major challenge. But it is a challenge filled with opportunities for both parents and children to experience many joys and satisfactions. This curriculum is designed to help parents meet the challenge and the opportunities with confidence. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide a look at the long-term goals of parenting; information on how young children think, feel and act; skills that can increase parent enjoyment and effectiveness within the family; skills that can develop children’s self-esteem and confidence; finding support for yourself as a parent and a person; and effective ways to teach cooperation and discipline.

 

Parenting Piece by Piece:  Developed by Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, this program is intended for use with parents who have been mandated to attend parenting training due to their identification as physically or emotionally abusive and/or neglectful parents. The overall goal of the program is to reduce or eliminate instances of child maltreatment by participating parents. The method for achieving this goal is providing educational and social experiences that increase the use of positive parenting practices, which facilitates the development of caring, competent, and healthy children.

 

Foundations of Fatherhood:  This is a character-based educational, self-help and support program to service the unique and specific needs of fathers. It assists men in their efforts to recognize and understand their roles as fathers and be willing to accept the challenges set before them by learning the skills necessary to be a positive role model. The primary focus of this curriculum is on the following issues:  promoting responsible fatherhood and holistic parenting; empowering fathers to assume emotional, moral, spiritual, psychological and financial responsibility for their children; accentuating the psycho-social development of both father and child; meeting the psychological and physiological challenges of parenting; and increasing and contributing to the knowledge base that concerns fatherhood.

 

Nurturing Father’s Program:  This program is structured to provide fathers with experiences that allow themselves new cognitive (thinking) and affective (feeling) responses, thus providing the opportunity to change parenting attitudes and behaviors. As a result, program participants can choose to reshape and relearn fathering, to let go of old fathering practices that do not bring desired results and to adopt new nurturing ones that achieve the established goals. The growth in self-concept and self-esteem can lead to more nurturing, rewarding relationships with children, spouses/co-parents, and other family members. This program provides activities that stimulate thinking and feeling in a supportive group atmosphere.

 

Quenching the Father Thirst:  Developing a Dad:  This curriculum was developed by the Urban Father-Child Project that trains men to become responsible fathers/father figures that love and lead their children to success. The curriculum was designed to provide a framework for understanding the role of the father; address the systemic barriers to fathering; and to provide training in specific skills to become the father his child needs. The materials were designed to be useful for fathers in any social service based setting and in any fathering situation.

 

Connecting with Your Kids:  This program is based on Ken Canfield’s book, “The Heart of a Father.” The content focuses on the framework of four key practices of fathering called the ICANs:  Involvement, Consistency, Awareness, Nurturance.  Involvement means spending time with children. Consistency applies to a dad’s actions, his personal characteristics, and the example he sets for his children.  Awareness is both awareness of the individual child, and awareness of general child development. Nurturance is the expression of affection, through touch, speaking words of encouragement, listening, and discipline. This ICAN framework applies to fathers whether divorced, step-dad, granddad, stay-at-home dads, or traditional fathers.

 

Smart Steps for Adults and Children in Stepfamilies:  This 12-hour research-based, educational program curriculum is for remarried or partnering couples and their children, and focuses on building couple and family strength. The program uses informational presentations, hands-on exercises, group discussions, and media. The 250+ page curriculum includes leader lesson guides for adult and child programs, background readings, handout masters, a resource list, two videos ("StepMom" and "Smart Steps Video Vignettes"), and a CD with PowerPoint slides.

 

Active Parenting for Step Families: Video and discussion program. Co-authored by experts in the fields of parenting and step families. This program will make it easier for instructors to help parents and step parents:  meet the challenges unique to stepfamily living, build a powerful parenting team using proven-effective skills, guide children and teens through the transition to step family adjustment, and to help strengthen step family marriages. The program combines warmth, wisdom and humor to create an atmosphere of learning. Designed for both parents and step parents (experienced and inexperienced) with children of all ages.

 

Stepping Together Program-Creating Strong Stepfamilies:  This curriculum provides information beneficial to the process of integration. The course offers approximately 12 hours of group meetings covering such topics as recognizing stepfamily myths, navigating the emotional journey, strengthening the couple connection, understanding the children, and working across households. The program includes information, exercises, homework assignments, and guidelines and resources to help accomplish stepfamily tasks.

 

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce:  This is a video-based psychoeducational program designed to assist divorcing or divorced parents in reducing parental conflict and the risk factors that influence the child’s post-divorce adjustment. The program addresses the relationship between separate households created as a result of divorce. It is designed to improve the quality of the parental relationships in situations of joint custody, separate maintenance, change of custody, and paternity. The overall emphasis of this curriculum is to offer children of divorce the opportunity to grow in a home environment free from being caught in the middle of their parents’ hostility.

 

Marriage and Parenting Program:  (affectionately known as “MA and PA”) is a group experience in which couples can strengthen their relationship through a shared exploration of parenting attitudes, skills and practices. Money, sex and the kids...these are the three most common issues that couples argue about, often contributing to divorce and broken families. The Marriage and Parenting Program gives couples the opportunity to focus on the third issue, “The Kids” in order to develop a shared set of attitudes and skills about parenting and family life. This shared experience, and the skills practiced in the program, should lead to enriching and strengthening in the marriage/couple relationship.

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:  As a grandparent who is raising your grandchild, you have an important responsibility. Your roles as a parent and grandparent may have changed recently, or you may have taken care of the child since birth. In any case, the child you are raising faces unique challenges that you need to think about. This series of nine fact sheets is designed to help you learn more about what to expect.

 

The DAD Difference:  When fathers watch a birth or parenting video, the program is often directed towards mothers, which may distance dads or make them feel less essential than moms.  But when fathers watch "The DAD Difference" videos, they see real men involved with their children right from the beginning. They come away with a sense that fathers matter and with a deeper understanding of that difference.

 

24/7 Dads Program:  This is a unique fatherhood program that includes a basic fathering program (24/7 Dad A.M.) and an in-depth program (24/7 Dad P.M.), each consisting of 12 two-hour modules. Ultimately, the goal of this program is to increase the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible and committed fathers. The programs achieve this goal by equipping facilitators with the tools they need to help fathers increase their involvement, responsibility and commitment to their children and the mothers of their children. The programs help create “24/7 Dads” who enhance the well-being of their children by being an integral part of their lives physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Parent/Child Activity Kits for Loan

Parent/Child Activity Kits are available for PEC partner agency staffs to check out for use in their work encouraging quality one-on-one parent interaction time with their children.  Kits may be checked out for approximately one week at a time.  To inquire about a specific kit, to reserve a kit, to preview kits, or to suggest a new kit for future use, contact Janice Savel in the PEC office by calling 319-377-9839 or jsavel@iastate.edu

 

The kits that the PEC currently has available for loan: 

 

Carnival Games (bean bags games, etc)

Assorted preschool games  

Children’s Literature

Homemade Play Dough:  Make Play Dough Using a Simple Recipe

The Hungary Caterpillar:  Story and Craft

DO A DOT’s:  Marker Dabbers and Craft Sheets

Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft

Play Doh Play Kit (Canned play doh, cutters and rolling pins)

Tambourine kit (small plastic plates glue w/beans inside), have children decorate with sticker and foam shapes ) Can be used as a music activity

Pasta Kit - Colored and plain pasta to string or glue (FYI- colored pasta will stain little ones lips)

Magnetic Refrigerator Photo Frames:  decorate frames with fun foam shapes and stickers.  (We have an instant camera that can be borrowed to take photographs.)

Children’s Music CD’s

FAST Family Flag Kit

Pine cone bird feeders (spread peanut butter on a pine cone, roll in bird seed)

Special Play Toys

Various Holiday crafts (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine, Spring, etc.)

Kitchen Table Place Mats (craft that can be laminated)

Rumble in the Jungle (Storybook and 14 finger puppets)

Easy Air Fresheners (Glue potpourri on tag board cut outs)

Grocery Cart (cut out pictures from newspaper grocery advertisements & glue onto a picture of an empty cart)

Full-size Outline of Child (rolled paper, outline child, have them color themselves)

Infant/Toddler Massage

 

*Please note:  We are always interested in your input and great ideas.  If you have a parent/child activity that you like to do with families, please consider sharing your ideas with us.

 

*For more specific information, contact the Parent Education Consortium

 

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