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.
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 Focus, Parent 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.
Instructor: John C. Carr, LICSW