COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
FOSTER AND KINSHIP CARE EDUCATION PROGRAM
FREE WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
FOR ALL FOSTER/RELATIVE CAREGIVERS, PARENTS/GUARDIANS,
 AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARENTING ISSUES
ALL CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR B, D, OR F RATE RENEWAL
  
February-March 2016
 
 
February 2016
 
Play With Me - A Hands-on Approach to Learning through Physical Play
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Play is an important part of every child’s growth and development.  In fact, when children play they learn about themselves and how to socialize with others.  They also learn about the world they live in and how to use fundamental skills like problem solving and decision making.  At this workshop you will discover why play is so important and how to incorporate the various types of play into your child’s day.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Gina Peterson
 
Cultural Diversity
Thursday, February 18, 2016
9:00-11:00 a.m.
This workshop helps caregivers explore cultural diversity and how to address the benefits and challenges of interacting with differences on a daily basis.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Renee Marshall
 
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Friday, February 19, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification is an interactive training that will provide caregivers with awareness of the intersection of sex trafficking and children in the child welfare system.  It will uncover the psychological and family dynamics that drive the ongoing maltreatment and victimization of children by sex traffickers.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
Kindergarten Readiness
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop helps caregivers to understand how to determine if their child is ready for kindergarten. Special attention will be paid to both cognitive and social-emotional readiness.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Renee Marshall
 
Building a Resilient Child
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This workshop focuses on the modern child, and why in today’s society there are so many children who lack resiliency. Parents will learn why self-esteem is impacted in today’s child, and how to increase self-esteem by teaching resiliency.  
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Chris Jones – Dynamic Interventions
 
Parenting a Child with ADHD
Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
This class will give parents an understanding of what ADD/ADHD is and the challenges of the disorder, causes and symptoms. Caregivers will be able to identify and apply management techniques for home, school and community settings.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Lori Switanowski
 
March 2016
 
Success in Learning: Becoming Aware of Your Child’s Learning Style
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
In this workshop you will learn about different learning styles and how you can help your child achieve their potential in school. Understanding how your child takes in information will help you guide them in a more productive way. Tips for homework success will also be shared in this workshop.
Location:  University Center, Room 315*
Instructor:  Renee Marshall
 
Parenting Issues in Blended Families and Resource Families: The Smart Approach to Creating Healthy Relationships
Wednesdays, March 2, and March 9, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
When different families "blend" to create stepfamilies, or when resource families parent foster children, there are often many challenges that can last a lifetime. These two, 2-hour workshops provide practical, realistic solutions to common issues that stepfamilies and resource parents face, such as: Co-parenting issues, understanding and bonding with your stepchildren or foster children, dealing with sibling conflict in stepfamilies or with resource families, parenting teenagers, and dealing with children's behavioral challenges and past trauma experiences.
Location: University Center, Room 307*
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton
 
21st Century Learning
Friday, March 4, 2016
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Workshop participants will review the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the 21st century. We will review essential components of 21st century learning including: content knowledge, learning and creativity skills, technology skills, career skills and life skills. We will talk about practical applications and everyday activities you can do with your child to enhance their learning.             
Location:  University Center, Room 205*
Instructor:  Renee Marshall
 
Aging Out of the System
Thursday, March 10, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Becoming an independent adult is difficult for anyone but aging out of the foster care system is especially difficult when you have been a dependent of Juvenile Court.  There have been many changes in the foster care system since 2012 for age 18 and above.  Know what you can do for the older child to ensure a successful transition to adulthood and independence! Topics covered include AB12; Extended foster care; Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP); Youth Development Services; Independent Living Program and Transitional Housing Program; Resources for 18 to 21.
Location: University Center, Room 307*
Instructor:  Cindy Hathaway
 
Parenting Smart; Raising Respectful and Responsible Children 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
In this workshop parents will learn the primary reasons why children are disrespectful by looking at the child, family and community. Strategies will be taught to help parents reverse the cycle of negative behavior and nurture a respectful and responsible child. Parents will have the opportunity to share their stories and ask for support based their current situation.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Chris Jones – Dynamic Interventions
 
First Aid/CPR
Saturday, March 19, 2016
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Participants will learn what to do in case of a minor accident or emergency situation.  Class includes:  American Red Cross First Aid for Infants, Children, and Adult; and CPR.  Successful completion of the class will qualify participants for the American Red Cross First Aid certificates, and the Adult, Child and Infant CPR certificates.
MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS: 20
Class is Currently Full
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor:  Monica Marshall
 
D Rate Pre-Service Training
Saturdays, March 19 and March 26, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is the required pre-service training for caregivers who would like to work with children who have behavioral needs.  It is mandated that you attend all 16 hours of training to earn your certificate of training.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor: Tammy Lanier
 
It All Adds Up – A Hands-On Approach to Learning through Math
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Exciting children about math provides children with foundational skills for future success. Did you know that with the right kind of support preschoolers can do some amazing things? At this workshop you will learn why it’s important to start building a strong mathematical foundation as well as discover some practical strategies to teach your children math concepts that go beyond counting and measuring.   
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Gina Peterson
 
Setting up a Play Space in Your Home
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This fun and interactive workshop will provide strategies for setting up an environment that encourages your child to play. Learn how to reuse and repurpose everyday household materials to set up a play space in your home.
Location: University Center, Room 307*
Instructor:  Lisa Prince
 
 
 
 
 
Note: Certificates WILL ONLY BE ISSUED to Foster and Kinship Care Providers and will be mailed to you within two weeks after finishing the workshop
 
 
 
*Please note – all classes held in the University Center require a parking pass.
Passes will be emailed to registered participants.
 
 
 
 
LOCATIONS
 
COC Center for Early Childhood Education
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 
 
COC - University Center – Dianne Van Hook
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA  91355
 
 
Santa Clarita Activities Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
 
To register, please call Sondra Duenez at (661) 362-3504,
or register online


These workshops/classes are for adults only, as childcare is not provided
Low enrolled workshops are subject to cancellation
 
 
These FREE workshops and class series are provided in
collaboration with the City of Santa Clarita