Classes

We offer a variety of classes for children and parents/caregivers. Follow the links below to learn more, see session schedules, and register. If you wish to join an ongoing class, please contact us. If there is space available, we will be happy to prorate the cost.

  1. Parenting & Infancy classes – 6-week classes for parents/caregivers with infants 0-6 months, focused on aspects of infant development and building relationships
  2. Play & Parenting classes – 16-week classes for parents/caregivers with children 5 months – 5 years, focused equally on child development and parent community and education
  3. Enrichment classes – weekly classes in music, art, and movement for children of all ages.

6-week Parenting & Infancy Classes (0-6 months)

Description

The Loved Child’s Parenting & Infancy Classes provide a warm and supportive group experience in which participants (mothers and fathers) can rely on expert guidance, evidence-based information, shared parenting moments, sympathy, and humor to help develop increased comfort and confidence in parenting.  Infants don’t come with instruction manuals, and there is no single “right” way to parent. Instead, new parents need to be encouraged to trust their instincts and to be sensitive to and respectful of each infant’s individual temperament style and unique needs. These classes provide a comfortable, non-judgmental, confidential space for parents to ask all of their questions, express any fears, and discuss the challenges (and delights!) that come with the addition of a child to the family.

Each class offers every parent a chance to check in with the ups and downs of the previous week, to learn about the phases of infant development (fine & gross motor skills, language, attachment, and others), to examine practical baby-care skills, and even to practice infant massage.  Parents will support one another as they explore different strategies for coping with the challenges of feeding their baby (and themselves!); sleep; changes in personal relationships and family dynamics; employment; and child care; all with due emphasis on self-care and maintaining a healthy perspective.

As with all of TLC’s classes, every family will receive the semester’s TLC Book on the first day, to be enjoyed at home and shared weekly in class. Progressively we will incorporate and rehearse gentle activity songs and rhymes that the babies all come to anticipate and enjoy! These new songs are easily taken home and shared with all caregivers, reinforcing the invaluable lesson that repetition is a major facet of infant learning.

While there is an agenda and suggested curriculum (e.g. a dedicated TLC Parent Topic and TLC Developmental Focus) for each class, there is also ample opportunity to raise the most pressing topics or to steer the conversation in any direction the group wishes. Families will receive the weekly TLC Newsletter before each class highlighting that week’s Parent Topic, Developmental Focus, and Take Home Idea. We actively encourage parents and babies to meet up outside of class and facilitate this with suggestions for places to go. We hope these classes will form the foundation for a wonderful, ongoing support system for all participants – and perhaps a venue in which to make lifelong friends!

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TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Mondays in Belmont | Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 22, 2019 11:00 am
Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Julie Krathen Dates: April 1st – May 13th, 2019 (6 weeks – no class April 15th) Time: Mondays, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Cost: $150 ($25/class)     TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other parent/infant classes! The enjoyable, (more…) Infant, Baby Register
TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Sundays in Belmont | Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • May 12, 2019 11:00 am

Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Amanda DeMasi Dates: May 12 – June 30th, 2019 (6 weeks – no class May 26th, June 9) Time: Sundays, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Cost: $150 ($25/class)     TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parenting & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other (more…)

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TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Wednesdays in Wellesley | Spring 2019 Jammin' With You (Wellesley)
  • May 15, 2019 10:00 am

Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Julie Krathen Dates: May 15th – June 19th, 2019 (6 weeks) Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:15 AM Cost: $150 ($25/class) Location: Jammin’ With You (Wellesley)   TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parenting & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other parent/infant classes! The enjoyable, (more…)

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TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Thursdays in Belmont | Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • May 23, 2019 1:00 pm

Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Cori Taitz Dates: May 23rd – June 27th, 2019 (6 weeks) Time: Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:15 PM Cost: $150 ($25/class)     TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parenting & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other parent/infant classes! The enjoyable, educational, and evidence-based weekly (more…)

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TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Mondays in Belmont | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 3, 2019 11:30 am

Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Julie Krathen Session Dates: 6 weeks June 3rd – July 8th July 15 – August 26th (skips July 29th) Time: Mondays, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Cost: $150 ($25/class)     TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parent & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all (more…)

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TLC Parenting & Infancy Class (0 - 6 months) - Tuesdays in Brookline | Summer 2019 Temple Sinai (Brookline)
  • June 11, 2019 10:00 am

Age Range: 0 months – 6 months Instructor: Cori Taitz Dates: June 11 – July 16, 2019 (6 weeks) Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:15 AM Cost: $150 ($25/class)     TLC New Parenting and Infancy Class description: TLC New Parenting & Infancy Classes are unique and unlike all other parent/infant classes! The enjoyable, educational, and evidence-based weekly (more…)

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Play & Parenting Classes (5 months – Preschool)

Spring 2019 classes run from February 5th –  June 7th. If you wish to join an existing class, please contact us at info@thelovedchild.net.

Summer 2019 classes run from June 24th –  August 16th. You may sign-up for 6 or 8 weeks for our flexible Summer schedule. Registration is open now!

Description & Routine

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.

The one-hour 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.

 

Summer 2019

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Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Tuesdays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 25, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: Walking to 48 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 25th – August 13th, 2019 (6 or 8 weeks) Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for ONES/TWOS - Tuesdays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 25, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: Walking to 36 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 25th – August 13th, 2019 (6 or 8 weeks)* Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for SIBLINGS/MIXED AGES - Fridays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 28, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: Newborn – 48 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 28th – August 2nd, 2019 (6 or 8 weeks)* Time: Fridays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 week option. You may choose which six weeks you will attend. Description: Please see (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Fridays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 28, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: 5 months – Walking Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 28th – August 16th, 2019 (6 or 8 weeks)* Time: Fridays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 week option. You may choose which six weeks you will attend. Description: Please see (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Thursdays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 27, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 27th – August 22nd, 2019, skips July 4th (6 or 8 weeks)* Time: Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 week option. You may choose which six weeks you will attend. (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for ONES/TWOS - Thursdays | Summer 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • June 27, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: Walking – 36 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: June 27th – August 22nd, 2019, skips July 4th (6 or 8 weeks)* Time: Thursdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class *Summer Session: Select the full Summer session (8 weeks) or choose the 6 week option. You may choose which six weeks you will attend. (more…)

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Winter|Spring 2019

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Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES/SIBLINGS - Winter-Spring 2019 Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 8, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: Newborn – 5 years Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 8th – June 7th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 22nd, April 19th) Time: Fridays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for ONES - Winter-Spring 2019 Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 8, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: Walking – 24 months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 8th – June 7th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 22nd, April 19th) Time: Fridays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Winter-Spring 2019 Fridays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 8, 2019 12:30 pm

Age range: 5 months – walking Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 8th – June 7th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 22nd, April 19th) Time: Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying in (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for BABIES - Winter-Spring 2019 Mondays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 4, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: 5 months – Walking Instructor: Julie Krathen Dates: February 4th – June 10th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 18th, April 15th, May 27th) Time: Mondays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Winter-Spring 2019 Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 5, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: Walking – 48 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 5th – June 4th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 19th, April 16th) Time: Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for ONES/TWOS - Winter-Spring 2019 Tuesdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 5, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: Walking – 36 Months Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 5th – June 4th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 19th, April 16th) Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying (more…)

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Play & Parenting Class for MIXED AGES - Winter-Spring 2019 Thursdays The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • February 7, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: walking – age 3 Instructor: Jennifer Gillette Dates: February 7th – June 6th, 2019 (16 weeks – no classes February 21st, April 18th) Time: Thursdays, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Cost: $27/class, $25/class with early registration (ends December 31st) Description: Please see the main Play & Parenting Classes page for a detailed description. NOTES: If paying (more…)

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Enrichment Classes

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* SPECIAL EVENT* Spring Bunny Family Yoga Class - SATURDAY, April 20th The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 20, 2019 3:30 pm

Age range: 3 – 6 year olds and their families Instructor: Nora Dybdal Date: Saturday, April 20th Time: 3:30 – 4:15 PM  or 4:30 – 5:15 PM Cost: $20 for a family ticket   Grab your little ones and hop on in to celebrate the season in our spring bunny yoga class!  We will sing (more…)

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FREE Demo: Yoga with Nora - Preschool Yogis (ages 3-5) - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 23, 2019 3:30 pm

Age range: 3-5 year olds Instructor: Nora Dybdal Dates: Tuesday, April 23rd Time: 3:30 – 4:15 PM 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 (more…)

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FREE Demo: Yoga with Nora - Toddler Class with Caregiver - Wednesday - Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 24, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: 1.5 to 3 yrs. old Instructor: Nora Dybdal Date: Wednesday, April 24th Time: 11:00 – 11:45 AM   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 (more…)

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Music & Movement with Jeff Jam - Winter/Spring 2019 (Thursdays) The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 25, 2019 4:00 pm

Age range: 0-5 years Instructor: Jeff Jam Dates Winter Session: January 17th – March 28th (10 weeks – no class February 21st) Dates Spring Session: April 4th – June 13th (10 weeks – no class April 18th) Time: Thursdays, 4:00 – 4:45 PM Cost: $22/class Come sing, dance, clap, stomp, shake, wiggle, laugh and jump (more…)

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Yoga with Nora - Preschool Yogis (age 3-5) - Tuesdays - Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • April 30, 2019 3:30 pm

Age range: 3-5 year olds Instructor: Nora Dybdal Dates: April 30th – June 4th, 2019 (6 weeks) Time: Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 PM Cost: $22/class 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, (more…)

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Yoga with Nora - Toddler Class with Caregiver - Wednesdays - Spring 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • May 1, 2019 11:00 am

Age range: 1.5 to 3 yrs. old Instructor: Nora Dybdal Dates: May 1st – June 5th, 2019 (6 weeks) Time: Wednesdays, 11:00 – 11:45 AM Cost: $22/class 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 (more…)

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FREE *DEMO* JamBABY Class at TLC | May 2019 The Loved Child (Belmont)
  • May 8, 2019 9:30 am

Age range: 6 months to 4 years with a caregiver Instructor: Thomas Meunier Date: Wednesday, May 8th, 9:30 – 10:15 AM A music and movement class like no other; JamBABY is infused with energetic original songs, reinvented children’s classics, jam sessions, dancing and more! Each class is led by an expert JWY! teacher who sings (more…)

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