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ENCORE Program Offers “Parenting with Purpose” Class

Columbia Heights Public Schools will offer a virtual "Parenting with Purpose" class to provide support, knowledge and connection for parents of students in grades 3-8. The class is part of the District’s Quarter 3 ENCORE programming. Class will be held 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 9-March 23 live on Zoom with a Parent Educator.

Even prior to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, this stage of childhood can prompt questions and challenges for parents and, not only has this year exacerbated natural challenges, it’s also introduced new ones. This class will address child development and situational stress prompted by the pandemic. The parent education will discuss topics relevant to this period of childhood such as relationships, motivation and media, and will ask parents to suggest additional topics. The class will be a combination of presentation and discussion.

“Our hope for this class is that parents will complete the course equipped with new appreciation for their children, new strategies for effective communication and several new connections within the community,” said Community Education Coordinator Jodi Gadient, who oversees the District’s ENCORE programming. “Parenting at any age isn’t meant to be done alone and if you’re a parent looking to get connected to others in a similar stage, this is the group for you.”

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Deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 3. Registrants will receive an email confirmation by Friday, Feb. 5 regarding enrollment with more details and additional specific information about the class. Filling out the form does not guarantee a spot in the class; due to space we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

For more information, contact the Community Education Department at 763-528-4517.