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
  
September - November 2015
 
September 2015
 
 
Transitioning to Parenthood
Saturdays, September 12 and September 26, 2015 
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In this couples workshop you’ll learn practical strategies for keeping your relationship strong. Topics covered include how to manage conflict, how to stay connected and continue to grow together as you make the transition from couplehood to parenthood.   
Location: University Center, Room 314*
Instructor: Heather Rousselo
 
Finding Quality Care in Early Childhood
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Are you looking for quality care for your infant, toddler or preschool child? Do you know what to look for? Find out what good, quality child care looks like, so you can make the best decision for you and your child.
Location: Valencia Library
Instructor: Wendy Ruiz
 
Active Parenting Now
Fridays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
In this six-week series, participants will learn the skills required to help develop cooperation, responsibility, and self-esteem in children to prepare them to meet the challenges of teenage years.
Location: University Center, Room 210*
Instructor: Carri Arquilevich
 
Self-Care: How to Take Care of Ourselves So We May Take Care of Our Children  
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Caregivers wear many hats, and in the hustle and bustle of being a caregiver, we often forget to care for ourselves. Join us to discuss the critical topic of self-care and explore simple ways to incorporate self-care into your daily life.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor: Krisna Escobar
 
Supporting and Identifying Social Emotional Delays in Children through Adolescence
Saturdays, September 19, 2015
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Social emotional development is the most critical development process required for children and adults to function effectively in society. Join us to learn how to identify social emotional delays in children beginning in preschool through adolescence, discuss strategies to support children and develop plans of action to gain intervention support.   
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor: Krisna Escobar
 
Human Trafficking Prevention Training
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Did you know there are approximately 15,000-17,500 men, women and children trafficked into the United States each year? Knowledge is power – learn the warning signs and how trafficking affects you and your community – and help spread the word!
Location: University Center, Room 211*
Instructor: Jessica Romo
 
Love and Logic
Thursdays, September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
This seven week series provides simple and practical techniques to help providers with kids of all ages. Caregivers will learn how to raise responsible children, learn how to have more fun in their role as provider and how to easily and immediately change children’s behavior.   
Location: Aquatics Center
Instructor: Gina Romo
 
Parents: Friend or Foe?
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
How to work with parents to keep court, the child DCFS and you satisfied!
Location: University Center, Room 211*
Instructor: Cindy Hathaway
  
 
October 2015
 
 
The Parent Project
Saturdays, October 3, 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Parent Project is a unique parent curriculum that targets destructive adolescent behavior. The curriculum reviews such topics as: arguing and family conflict, poor school performance, truancy and dropouts, media influences, early teen sexuality, teen drug use, gangs, teen violence and bullying, and how to handle runaway threats. Come join us to learn how to intervene with your teen.   
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A
Instructor: Lori Switanowski
 
Literacy in the Early Years
Thursday, October 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learning to read and write is critical for a child to succeed in school and in life. What can we do as parents and educators to support the development of language and literacy? At this workshop you will learn some practical strategies that support the development of language and literacy through play, one-on-one interactions, and hands-on activities. Yes, learning to read and write can be fun!
Location: Valencia Library
Instructor: Gina Peterson
 
Cooking with Children
Saturday, October 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Do you want your children to eat better and try new things? Get them to cook with you!! For this 3 hour course, you will learn how to get your children involved in planning, shopping, preparing and cooking meals. We will be cooking and eating together in this fun class.  
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B
Instructor: Chef Dawn Walker
 
Anger Overload: Helping Your Child Deal with Anger
Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Handling children’s anger can be confusing, draining, and upsetting for parents. This three session workshop will give you tools to teach your children to accept their feelings and manage their anger.
Location: Valencia Library
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton
 
D-Rate Pre-service Training  
Saturdays, October 17, 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is a 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
 
Navigating CPS to Find Your Way to Answers
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Navigating DCFS without getting lost between the court and DCFS. Know what to expect ahead of time so that there are no surprises.
Location: University Center, Room 211*
Instructor: Cindy Hathaway
 
 
November 2015
 
 
Internet Addiction in Kids: Spotting the Signs and Helping Them to Find Balance
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Internet Addiction is becoming an “epidemic” with our children and teens, as they are obsessed with online gamming, chat rooms, or inappropriate sites. This workshop will teach parents the signs of Internet Addiction and specific strategies to help their children find a healthier and safer balance between online and offline activities.  
Location: Canyon Country Community Center
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton
 
Sibling Rivalry: Keeping the Peace
Thursday, November 5, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This workshop will address the very common issue of sibling rivalry. Learn why children bicker and fight, what parents can do when the fighting starts and ways to encourage children to get along and solve their problems with each other.
Location: Activities Center
Instructor: Carri Arquilevich
 
F-Rate Training
Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This is a required pre-service training for caregivers who would like to work with children who have medical 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 B
Instructor: Geri Hernandez
 
Teaming with DCFS to Maximize Benefits for Children
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
How to work with DCFS social workers, in every situation. How to work with brand new social workers. How to work with a worker, when you do not agree.   
Location: University Center, Room 211*
Instructor: Cindy Hathaway
 
Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction Techniques for Foster Parents
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Living with chronic stress is both physically and psychologically debilitating. While being a foster parent is an incredibly rewarding experience, it is also a role that can produce a considerable amount of stress. In this workshop, learn how mindfulness meditation and other stress reduction techniques can help you manage the daily stressors common to the foster parenting experience.   
Location: College of the Canyons, West PE Building, Room 110 (WPEK-110)
Instructor: Garrett Hooper
 
Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough for Our Kids
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Affluenza, like influenza, is a “disease” of excess – where we base our self-worth upon buying more and more things. Children and teens are developmentally vulnerable to affluenza, especially if their parents buy them too much, too soon. This workshop teaches parents how to spot signs of affluenza and help their kids find healthier ways to develop self-esteem.     
Location: Valencia Library
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
Valencia Library
23741 Valencia Blvd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
 
 
Old Town Newhall Library
24500 Main Street
Newhall, CA 91321
 
 
Santa Clarita Aquatics Center
20850 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
 
Santa Clarita Activities Center
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
 
Canyon Country Community Center
18792 Flying Tiger Drive,
Santa Clarita, CA 91387
 
 
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