Puzzle of Parenting Workshops

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Puzzle of Parenting Workshops

Free Workshops for Parents

CFCE Puzzle of Parenting series provides free workshops for parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  These workshops are currently being provided virtually.

Our workshops are designed for parents, grandparents, and guardians of children from birth to kindergarten age. Workshops are designed in collaboration with local parents and are offered at multiple locations so families can choose the most convenient sites and dates.

CFCE Puzzle of Parenting Calendar of Events

Dates, times and location for scheduled workshops are on the below calendar. Full workshop descriptions can be found below the calendar.

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*To sign up for Soluciones Positivas:

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Workshop Descriptions

Positive Solutions: This is an evidence-based series developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). It is designed to help parents and caregivers promote their young child's social and emotional development and to better understand young children's challenging behaviors. Parents and caregivers will learn how to use positive approaches to improve their interactions with their child; help children learn appropriate behavior; and to build their child's confidence and self-esteem. Thereby, preparing children for successful early learning experiences.

Each session in this workshop presents a new topic. Drop in to one or attend them all! 

  • Session 1: Making a Connection!
  • Session 2: Making It Happen!
  • Session 3: Why Do They Do What They Do?
  • Session 4: Teach Me What to Do!
  • Session 5: Facing the Challenge, Part 1
  • Session 6: Facing the Challenge, Part 2

Soluciones Positivas:  These are Spanish versions of the Positive Solutions workshops above.

  • Sesión 5: Enfrentando el Desafío, Parte 1

Baby & Toddler Sign Language: Join us to learn how you can enhance communication with your young child before they are verbal by introducing and using ASL signs together.

First Steps to Reading: Did you know that you can help your child grow into reading by talking, playing, sharing books and even singing together? In this four-session workshop we’ll find out why these things are important.

Dads Rock: Being a father and parenting today can sometimes look very different from what dads may have experienced with their own fathers. This father/child program includes a discussion time with fathers on these changes, their experiences and ways in which they can promote their child’s healthy development and early learning experiences. 

Early Reading Skills: Talking, singing, playing and reading with your child all build early reading skills.  Join us to learn how you can do more of these activities with your child and how these and other everyday interactions with your child provides preparation for reading.

STEAM Activities: Learn safe and creative STEAM activities that allow for fun exploration and experimentation. Suggestions to engage children’s imaginations, promote creativity, and sharpen their powers of observation will be provided.

Talking to Your Child About Race and Racism: Children’s awareness of racial differences and the impact of racism begins during the preschool years, and race and racism are complex issues that can be hard for younger children to grasp. Helping children to explore these topics is critical, especially given the current political and cultural climate, where these issues are highly visible. Recognizing that there is no perfect or "one size fits all" way to talk to children about these topics, we will discuss ways that you can help your child express comfort with diversity and to recognize unfairness.

Grandparenting During the Pandemic: Many grandparents are caring for their grandchildren during the pandemic, and the role is different from those of the parents. This is an opportunity for grandparents to connect with others, discuss their experiences and feel supported.

Family Pizza Party: The Family Kitchen: This session will prepare caregivers to work together with kids in their care to discuss safe, age appropriate tasks for kids in the kitchen, practice preparing meals or snacks with child-friendly steps, and make healthy meals and snacks that everyone will enjoy. Parents will receive a $10 Walmart e-giftcard after the class, as well as follow-up resources by email.

Hack Your Snack: This session will share tips for saving time when buying and preparing healthy snacks, practice making healthy, homemade snacks, reading food labels, and identifying healthier choices when choosing prepackaged snacks, and practice comparing unit prices to save money. Parents will receive a $10 Walmart e-giftcard after the class, as well as follow-up resources by email.

Helping Young Children Manage Stress: This workshop will offer concrete strategies parents can use to support toddlers and preschoolers.  Suggestions will be offered about responding to children in developmentally appropriate ways, and providing social emotional support.

Hola Amigos y Amigas/Hello Friends: Early childhood is a wonderful time to introduce young children to other cultures. This special event introduces the Spanish and Latin American culture and it includes children’s music, stories, games, and an art activity.

Parent Conversations: Your child does the SAME thing? Parents you are not alone! Join us for a cup of tea or coffee with other parents. These cafe-style conversations are an opportunity for parents to take a break and chat; sharing experiences and resources to support each other through the parenting joys and challenges we all face while raising young children.

Parenting Young Children (Chinese): This series of six workshops is offered in Chinese- these topics will be covered- discussion and focus will be determined by the group.

  1. 明确对自己和孩子的期望和目标 (Knowing Yourself as a Parent: Expectations and Goals)
  2. 发展情感 (Encouraging Emotional Growth)
  3. 培养自尊 (Fostering Self-esteem)
  4. 帮助孩子应对问题 (Helping Your Child to Cope)
  5. 生活在双语和多元文化社会中的孩子 (Raising a bilingual child in a multicultural society)
  6. 指导孩子的行为:正面管教 (Guiding Your Child's Behavior: Positive Discipline)
For more information, contact: 
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568