All Classes

Expectant Parent Education

Prepared Childbirth

Learn what to expect with labor, birth, and the postpartum period.  Topics include:

  • physical changes during pregnancy
  • signs & stages of labor
  • when to call your provider
  • pain relief options
  • coping methods & comfort techniques
  • the role of the support person
  • induction
  • cesarean birth
  • postpartum changes

There will be ample time for personal questions. This class is intended for the expecting woman & a support person and offered in the TLC Family Center – in a bright, clean, non-hospital setting. Parking is free and easily accessible. This class meets once a week for 2 weeks.

Newborn Essentials

We all have parenting instincts that kick in after our babies are born, but informing those instincts with evidence-based information and expert advice makes raising babies with confidence so much easier. Please join us to learn about caring for your baby after birth. Topics include bringing baby home, infant sleep patterns and expectations, how to know what your baby wants by reading his or her cues, feeding choices, diapering, bathing, soothing your baby, and illness.

This class is intended for up to two of the baby’s intended caregivers.

 

Family & Friends CPR

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

This class is intended for up to 2 caregivers.

Prenatal Yoga & Self-Care Workshop

Learn techniques for taking care of yourself before and after baby arrives.

 

We will discuss common injuries and irritations associated with pregnancy and infant care and learn some exercises which are easy to incorporate into your day to help prevent and treat these issues. Methods will include visualization, massage, and yoga, as well as other self care practices intended to help you cultivate a loving, accepting attitude during this amazing, challenging, and life-changing process. Class will include discussion and practice of techniques presented.

Play & Parenting

Parenting & Infancy

TLC New Parenting & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other parent/infant classes! The enjoyable, educational, and evidence-based weekly curriculum EQUALLY supports the typical developmental process for both the new mother/father AND the infant(s). Each class includes a Parent Topic relevant to new parents, and a weekly focus on an area of infant development, and/or infant behavior. Families enrolled in the New Parent & Infancy class receive the TLC Weekly Newsletter with parent-friendly resources in preparation for the Parent Topic, Infant Development/Behavior Focus, and ideas for play & activities at home.

To promote early literacy, every family enrolled in the class, receives an age-appropriate board book to be shared in class weekly and daily at home. All classes are facilitated by a Masters-level trained Instructor.

Play & Parenting

The Loved Child offers a variety of unique weekly Developmental Play & Parenting Classes from the newborn period through the preschool years, where each class is designed to equally support both the children’s learning through play and to provide expert-lead parenting support.  Classes are organized with an optimal balance between group structured play, self-directed open-choice play, and an organized moment for caregivers to receive individual or group support around typical parenting concerns.

Supporting the abundant research on the importance of early literacy opportunities and the value of repetition in early learning, every TLC child, beginning with the Infant Class, is given a developmentally appropriate TLC Class Book to bring home for daily reading and to experience weekly at class Book Time.

 

Each weekly TLC class has a Developmental FocusParent Topic, and Group Developmental Activity–  an activity to highlight the weekly area of development (water play, arts & crafts, sensory play, musical movement etc.).  In advance of each class, families receive the TLC Weekly Newsletter with evidence-based resources supporting the developmental focus (for example, creative, fine/gross motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, & nature development),  in addition to family-friendly articles on common parenting topics such as Sleep Challenges, Mealtime Struggles, Positive Discipline, and Toilet Training.   Home Ideas follow at the end of the week, which often include links to creative and trusted blog sites with activities specific to the reviewed area of development.  All these resources, often with adorable pictures from class, are also available on facebook.com/thelovedchild.

 

Classes available:

 

If you wish to join a series that has already begun, please contact us at info@thelovedchild.net.

 

Fall 2019 classes run from September 16th –  December 2nd.

Music & Movement Classes

Music & Movement with Jeff Jam

Come sing, dance, clap, stomp, shake, wiggle, laugh and jump with Jeff Jam at The Loved Child after nap time! Children (0-5 years), with a caregiver, will enjoy playing a variety of percussion instruments such as shaker eggs, rhythm sticks, tambourines and jingle bells. And, as current research in child development has shown, as you and your child learn and move to popular classic children’s songs, this musical experience will benefit all areas of your child’s development!

Each class is 45 minutes and limited to 15 families. Sibling discount is available for 50% off!

 

Instructor: Jeff Jam

 

If you wish to join a series that has already begun, please contact us at info@thelovedchild.net to be added for a pro-rated amount. 

 

Fall Series: 13 Sessions, September 12th – December 12th (skips November 28th)

Yoga with Nora

Children’s yoga classes incorporate stories, games, songs and verse while introducing little yogis to asanas (postures), breathing exercises and yoga philosophy. The instructor offers classes that are rich with imagery, encourage awareness of the natural world, and help kids cultivate mindful awareness, self-compassion, confidence, and a sense of community.

Wiggle & Giggle with Nicole

Babies and toddlers are natural yogis–they constantly live in the moment (not to mention their flexibility!). But what about their caregivers? So often in today’s complex world, our days are bursting with activity and we spend much of our time thinking about anything BUT the present moment. Rushing from one thing to the next, we often forget to take time to really focus on what we are experiencing. A baby or toddler yoga class gives caregivers the opportunity to spend time focusing on nothing but being with their child in the present moment, a truly wonderful bonding experience.

 

In terms of growing bodies, baby and toddler yoga both focus on developmentally supportive poses and movements. What does that mean? Children will discover and practice many of the moves we do in a yoga class on their own. By assisting them into various poses and helping with these movements, we are preparing their little bodies for future development. For instance, baby tummy postures strengthen the core muscles needed for crawling, while downward dog pose helps toddlers connect their upper and lower bodies, a necessary part of body integration.

 

Instructor: Nicole Giroux

 

 

WIGGLE & GIGGLE BABY YOGA:
This child-centered class gives caregivers the opportunity to bond with babies on the mat from their earliest days, connecting through gentle massage and developmentally supportive movements for the babies; and mindfulness, gentle stretching, and relaxation for the adults. A wonderful community for socializing babies (and their grown-ups!). This class is for newborns to pre-crawling babies; once babies start crawling they often want to visit other babies on their mats and this means it’s time for a toddler yoga class!

For ages newborns to pre-crawlers with a loving caregiver.

 

WIGGLE & GIGGLE TODDLER YOGA:

This class for crawling babies and toddlers extends the curriculum of Baby Yoga, adding new postures and activities for our newly crawling and walking tots! Incorporating stories, music, and movement, Wiggle and Giggle is a great class for energetic toddlers to move and explore the wonderful things that their growing bodies can do!

For ages 1 to 3 with a loving caregiver.

 

STORYTIME YOGA:

Combining children’s love of stories with their need to move their bodies, Yoga Storytime introduces children to basic elements of mindfulness through books, yoga poses, simple breathing exercises, music, and more. From energizing tales and poses to relaxing rhythms and deep breaths, this active storytime gives everyone a chance to breathe in…and let it all go.

For ages 2 to 5 with a loving caregiver.

 

RHYTHM & RHYME STORYTIME WITH NICOLE:

This energetic class is an interactive storytime for toddlers and preschoolers. Featuring books, music, and more, this class will get your little one on their feet and clapping to the beat! Join Nicole for stories, songs, and silly fun!

For walkers to age 4 with a loving caregiver.