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A Place For Parents

 

Nurturing Families and Community

 

We believe that every family needs support and a strong sense of community. Connecting with others and building confidence as a parent helps develop strong families. We also strongly support the bond between parent and child and are partnering with Emotionalintelligence.org and Helpguide.org to promote, teach and nurture mother/father-child attachment theory and behavior. To learn more about our partnership with  Helpguide.org, and to find out how to receive a copy of their newly released DVD, "Creating Secure Infant Attachment: Helping Your Baby Get the Best Possible Start in Life," click HERE.

 

Our list of classes and support groups are listed below. Since some of our classes have waiting lists, please note that submitting this form does not guarantee that there will be space in the class you have selected.

 

But first, A Place for Parents is delighted to announce the launch of the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool, which will open in Fall 2011! To visit the Preschool's new website, click HERE. The Goal of the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool is to provide a non-judgmental learning environment for children while creating a supportive and cooperative community for teachers, parents and children.  Objectives of the Cooperative are to establish a partnership between the YWCA and the Venice Parents Daycare and Preschool that supports a cooperative model of learning and development, extend the learning environment through collaboration with other YWCA programs, and promote the YWCA’s Cycle of Life model of program delivery by expanding A Place for Parents offerings to serve parents of preschool-aged children.

 

  • To download an application for the Family Cooperative Preschool, click HERE.
  • To sponsor the Family Cooperative Preschool, click HERE for more information and to download a sponsorship form. To make your donation right away, click HERE.


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 New Program starting January 2014!

Toddler Activity Time is modeled after our Cottage Activity Time and is for children ages 2 - 2 1/2 years old.  It is designed to support the parent -child separation process and to help build social skills and connections with others, supporting the individual needs of the children.  A wide range of activities are offered as the children are allowed to freely flow between our outdoor and indoor areas.  Organic snacks are served.

There is a maximum of 8 children with two staff people.  Children do not have to be out of diapers.  We are offering Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 11:00 am and plan on expanding to Mondays and Fridays in February.  For more information please e-mail Barbara Olinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New Program starting February 2014! 

Need time for yourself but don't know a safe place for your infant?  Need special time with your older child?  Come to Cottage Infant Time!  A 2 hour drop-off time, Fridays from   9 - 11 am in the Cottage at "Place for Parents."  We will have a maximum of  4 infants.  Our staff member, Maria is a trusted teacher at both the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool and Cottage Activity Time and has recently become a grandmother!  She is very excited to take care of infants!  For more information, please email Barbara Olinger at:

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Toddler & Me (1 - 3 years)

$19 per class, payable in 2 month blocks for one designated day each week.

  • Mon. and Wed. 9:15 - 10:15 am
  • Wednesday, 9:30 - 10:30 am
  • Wednesday, 11 am - 12 pm
 

Parent Support Classes

Parent Support groups are designed to help parents learn crucial information about their child’s development and express the wide range of emotions that arise while parenting in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. Parents learn how to set limits within a non-judgmental, non-punitive framework while connecting with other parents. For parents will older children, these support classes will help you to stay connected with your child as he/she travels through important transitional years.

-Tuesdays - 11:20 - 12:20 am for parents with infants and toddlers (no children for the toddlers, babies are with the parents in the group.)  $19 per class

-Thursdays, 9:15 - 10:15 am, parents of chidren ages 5 - 7 yrs. - no childcare provided.  $19 per class

-Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm for parents of children 2 -4 yrs.  (childcare provided.)

$19 per class (without children)  $27 per class (with childcare.)

 NEW!
Starting in September 2013, "Parenting Your 5 - 7 year old" Thursdays, 9:15 - 10:15 am, $19 per class, payable in 2 month blocks.


Cottage Activity Time (2 hour drop-off groups for 21/2 - 31/2 year old)

$29 per class

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Cottage Activity Time is a two-hour drop-off program for children ages 2 to 3 1/2 years old that supports the separation process between parent and child. Staff ratio is 1:4.  Children are guided through play where social and conflict resolution skills are emphasized. A wide range of activities are offered and organic snacks are served. Children do not have to be toilet trained.

 

 


 

"If we understand our children's developmental stages and needs, it becomes easier to set limits in a non-judgmental way and to offer loving guidance to help self-esteem blossom. If we can do this within a supportive community, parenting can become the most wondrous adventure imaginable."

 

For more information, contact Barbara Olinger, MSW, Director of Family Development, at (310) 452-3881, x104 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Coming Soon!

Barbara Olinger's DVD, "Welcoming Your Second Baby"

available September 1, 2013.

Barbara Olinger's book, "Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting" is available for sale at the YWCA or contact Barbara at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested in buying a copy.

 

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