Join us for our Spring 2018 session of TLC Parenting & Play classes!  Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and run for 16 weeks.

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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.

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The one-hour TLC Developmental Play & Parenting Class is designed specifically for little ones, parents or caregivers, seeking parenting support, and for the opportunity to connect with other families in the community. Children and caregivers follow a regular and very predictable weekly class routine:

  1. Gathering Time & Clean-Up Song: Families are welcome to arrive a few minutes early before class start time to allow the little ones a moment to explore the Gathering Toys while adjusting to the classroom space.  To begin class, caregivers and children sing the TLC clean-up song while putting the toys away.  
  2. Hello Circle with Song Choices and Parachute: The class begins with a cheerful hello song acknowledging every child and caregiver. Over the span of the semester, all children have the opportunity to choose familiar songs from the TLC Song Cards.  At the beginning of each semester, parents will receive their own copy of song cards to enjoy and practice at home.
  3. Developmental Activity: Every week there is a group activity focusing on the following areas of development: social & emotional, language & literacy, fine & gross motor, cognitive, sensory, nature, arts & creative, and dramatic play.  Caregivers will receive background information about the upcoming week’s Developmental Focus in the TLC Weekly Newsletter.
  4. Independent Developmental Stations & Weekly Parent Topic: Children can independently explore developmental stations, including a cozy book corner, while parents and caregivers receive support around common parenting topics such as mealtime struggles, sleeping challenges, temper tantrums, separation anxiety, toilet training, and positive discipline.  In the TLC Weekly Newsletter, parents will have received resources to prepare for the Parent Topic.
  5. Lotion & Book Time: After cleaning up the room together, the class pace slows for quiet Lotion and Book Time.  Every family will be given the TLC class book the first day of the semester. To reinforce early literacy skills, parents are strongly encourage to read their TLC book daily at home.  The little ones will then anticipate and enjoy hearing the familiar book at Book Time.
  6. Goodbye Circle with Bubbles & TLC hand stamp:  Every class ends with a calming Goodbye Song, magical bubbles, and an adorable hand stamp.

Spring 2018 classes (January 29th – June 1st, 2018):

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Event Venue Date Description Ages
Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for ONES - Thursdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 1, 2018 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 24 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 1st – May 31st, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 22nd, April 19th) Time: Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Thursdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 1, 2018 11:00 am

Age range: 5 Months – Walking Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 1st – May 31st, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 22nd, April 19th) Time: Thursdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 2, 2018 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 2nd – June 1st, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 23rd, April 20th) Time: Fridays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for SIBLINGS - Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 2, 2018 11:00 am

Age range: Siblings, 0 – 5 years Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 2nd – June 1st, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 23rd, April 20th) Time: Fridays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • January 30, 2018 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: January 30th – May 29th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 20th, April 17th) Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for ONES - Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • January 30, 2018 11:00 am

Age range: Walking – 24 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: January 30th – May 29th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 20th, April 17th) Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a (more…)

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Spring 2018 Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • January 30, 2018 12:30 pm

Age range: 5 Months – Walking Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: January 30th – May 29th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class February 20th, April 17th) Time: Tuesdays, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early-bird registration (ends December 3rd, 2017, 11:59PM Eastern Time) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for (more…)

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Fall 2017 classes (September 10, 2017 – January 14, 2018):

Note: These classes are currently ongoing.  If you wish to enroll, please email us at info@thelovedchild.net.

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Event Venue Date Description Ages
Fall 2017 Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • September 12, 2017 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: September 12th, 2017 – January 9th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class November 21st, December 26th) Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Click here for a description of our play & parenting classes. NOTES: Siblings under 6 months of age are free and do not (more…)

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Fall 2017 Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • September 12, 2017 11:00 am

Age range: 5 months – Walking Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: September 12th, 2017 – January 9th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class November 21st, December 26th) Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Click here for a description of our play & parenting classes. NOTES: Siblings under 6 months of age are free and do not (more…)

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Fall 2017 Play & Parenting Class for ONES - Thursdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • September 14, 2017 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 24 months Instructor: Alexis Hinchey Davis Dates: September 14th, 2017 – January 11th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class November 23rd, December 28th) Time: Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Click here for a description of our play & parenting classes. NOTES: Siblings under 6 months of age are free and do not need (more…)

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Fall 2017 Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • September 15, 2017 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: September 15th, 2017 – January 12th, 2018 (16 weeks – no class November 24th, December 29th) Time: Fridays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Click here for a description of our play & parenting classes. NOTES: Siblings under 6 months of age are free and do not (more…)

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