Parenting Education Program Certificate of Achievement

Overview

Program Description

The Parenting Education Program offers a variety of parenting skills classes, parent-cooperative preschool classes and specialized programs to meet the changing needs of families.

Students earning 6 credits in Parenting Education at South Puget Sound Community College who have demonstrated effective skills in parenting through participation at a co-op preschool or parenting education course are eligible for a Parenting Skill certificate.  Students earning 15 credits in Parenting Education courses at SPSCC who have demonstrated leadership skills in addition to effective parenting skills through participation in coop preschool parenting education courses are eligible for a Leadership Skill certificate.  

These courses provide approved training for parents (or parent figures) and enhance individual skills in child development, family relationships, and related topics leading to effective parenting.  Participants are involved in observation and classroom experiences that include laboratory sessions.

These courses and certificates prepare students to be effective parents for children in their care.  Some skills may transfer to the work force. For those students that elect to continue a program of study, some of the completed course credits may also be applied toward certificates or degrees in a related program area.

Program Outcomes 

At the completion of the Parenting Education Program, the successful student will be able to:

  • Implement healthy, safe practices for young children
  • Explain and apply early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices/environments for young children within a context of social and cultural influences
  • Apply strategies for working with children, within a culturally relevant, anti-bias approach in order to promote social-emotional competence
  • Determine and utilize appropriate resources for family support, within a social, cultural and anti-bias framework
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how children learn symbolically through play  

Certificate Requirements 

The Certificates of Achievement represent participation between parent(s)/care giver and age-appropriate child(ren) in parent education courses or co-ops.  It is comprised of industry-based skill courses. No general education courses and no minimum level of English or math are required.

Program Information 

Admission:  Students are accepted into the Parent Education Program every quarter.  

Students enrolling in the PEP cooperative preschools must register online each quarter.  

Eastside Co-op (360) 754-3938
Lacey Parent Co-op (360) 459-5297
Steamboat Island Co-op (360) 866-1819
Westside Co-op (360) 866-7383

Length of program:  Certificate completion is contingent upon number of credits earned per quarterStudents can enroll any quarter and can attend either part or full-time.

Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Parent Education

Certificates of Achievement
Parenting Skills
6 credits
Leadership Skills
15 credits

PEP 101 Parenting Your Infant I 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents and children ages birth to seven months come to class together. Parents discuss child development, care and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include sleep, babies' temperaments, and nutrition. Parents and children participate together in music, movement, and other age appropriate activities. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 102 Parenting Your Infant II 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents and children ages seven to thirteen months come to class together. Parents discuss child development, care and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include play and learning, schedules, and home safety. Parents and children participate together in music, movement, and other age appropriate activities. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 103 Parenting Your Toddler I 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents and children ages thirteen to nineteen months come to class together. Parents discuss child development, care and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include limit setting, language development, and socialization with peers. Parents and children participate together in art, music, movement, and other age appropriate activities. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 104 Parenting Your Toddler II 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents and children ages eighteen to thirty months come to class together. Parents discuss child development, care and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include discipline, nutrition and eating behavior and self-esteem. Parents and children participate together in art, music, movement, and other age appropriate activities. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 105 Parenting Your 3-4 Year Old 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents and children ages thirty to fifty months come to class together. Parents discuss child development, care and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include discipline, parent and child self-esteem, and social-emotional development. Parents and children participate together in art, music, movement, and other age appropriate activities. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 106 Parenting Children in Middle Years (5-10 Years) 2 Credits Search Schedule
Parents of children ages 5-10 will discuss child development and guidance, and how to provide an encouraging environment for their children. Weekly topics may include discipline, social-emotional development, motivation, dealing with anger, communication, sexuality issues and school related issues. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 111 Parent Education 3 Credits Search Schedule
Provides seminars in child development, parenting skills and early childhood education. Applies knowledge in parent cooperative preschool laboratory with children ages 18 months-5 years. (Eastside Co-op, Lacey Parent Co-op, Steamboat Island Co-op, and Westside Co-op). Prerequisite: Child enrolled in affiliated parent cooperative preschool.
PEP 112 Parent Education 3 Credits Search Schedule
Provides seminars in child development, parenting skills and early childhood education. Applies knowledge in parent cooperative preschool laboratory with children ages 18 months-5 years. (Eastside Co-op, Lacey Parent Co-op, Steamboat Island Co-op, and Westside Co-op). Prerequisite: Child enrolled in affiliated parent cooperative preschool.
PEP 113 Parent Education 3 Credits Search Schedule
Provides seminars in child development, parenting skills and early childhood education. Applies knowledge in parent cooperative preschool laboratory with children ages 18 months-5 years. (Eastside Co-op, Lacey Parent Co-op, Steamboat Island Co-op, and Westside Co-op). Prerequisite: Child enrolled in affiliated parent cooperative preschool.
PEP 141 Parent-Child Communication 2 Credits Search Schedule
A practical skill-building class for parents based on the book "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk." We will emphasize positive communication and guidance techniques including engaging children's cooperation, interpreting emotional and behavioral development, observing by and evaluating family dynamics and implementing alternatives to punishment. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 142 Family Dynamics 2 Credits Search Schedule
Family dynamic topics such as: sibling relationships, time management, family communication, individual temperaments, parents boundaries and needs, parent esteem, and dealing with stress. Prerequisite: None.
PEP 143 Parenting in Single Parent, Step, and Blended Fa 2 Credits Search Schedule
The unique dynamics, challenges, and skills of parenting in single parent, step and blended families. Prerequisite: None.

Effective Catalog Year 2017-2018, Revised May 15, 2017