Parent Academy workshops offered

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The Connected 4 Kids Coalition of IRC (C4K) is bringing valuable information and useful tools to Indian River County families, with the help of a diverse group of professionals, through a series of free Parenting workshops. As a bonus, free childcare for all ages is provided as well as free dinner.

See the schedule below for details on dates and topics of the upcoming classes. All workshops will take place from 6 to 7:30 pm, with dinner being served from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 24 at Vero Beach Elementary:  Keeping Kids Human in a Hi-tech World, presented by bestselling author Margaret Sagarese.

Learn how to cultivate character, family values, and humanity in your children as they navigate their twenty-first century world. Sagarese will deliver a 10-step guide to equip you with the insights, skills, and tools you need to raise good kids despite technology’s pitfalls.

Thursday, May 26 at the Community Church of Vero Beach:  1-2-3 Magic – Managing Difficult Behavior in Children –  presented by Doug Borrie, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director of CASTLE, and Harriet Ostertag, M.A., Program Manager for Strong Fathers/Strong Families Program.

Learn easy to follow steps for disciplining children without arguing or yelling, and much more.

Monday, September 12 at the Vero Beach High School Cafeteria:  Making College a Reality – presentations by Pam Proctor, author of “the College Hook”, Dollars for Scholars, IRSC, Take Stock in Children, and Gerri McCormick, an Outreach Representative of the Dept. of Education to speak about FAFSA.

This presentation is geared for 7th graders through any age adult interested in learning more about how they can further their own education.

October 6, 11, & 20:  Literacy Series – Learn how to cultivate literacy from birth to adulthood, with presentations by Literacy Services, The Learning Alliance, and Barbara Brooks of Read to Babies. Locations: Boys & Girls Clubs (October 6-Vero Beach, October 11-Fellsmere, October 20-Sebastian), GYAC, date TBD.

Thursday, November 17 at Osceola Magnet School: Building an Emotionally Healthy Home, sponsored by Suncoast Mental Health and the Mental Health Coalition.  Lean to recognize the common issues faced by children today, ways to help them express themselves appropriately, and help them learn coping skills to handle life challenges.

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