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
 
April-June 2016
April 2016
 
Active Parenting Teens
Fridays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20, 2016
9:00-11:00 a.m.
This workshop helps parents learn how to be prepared to meet the challenges of having a preteen or teenager in today's society; how to avoid sex, drugs and violence.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor:  Carri Arquilevich
 
Love & Logic Parenting
Tuesdays, April 19, and 26, and May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.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 immediately change children's behavior.
Location:  Santa Clarita Activities Center 
Instructor: Gina Romo
 
Family Resources in the Santa Clarita Valley
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m.
What resources are available in the Santa Clarita Valley for children and families? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about local resources (including non-profits) that support families in the SCV. We will also review great places to visit with families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Location: University Center, Room 223*
Instructor: Renee Marshall
 
Common Core
Friday, April 29, 2016
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Workshop participants will learn principles and practices of the Common Core State Standards. Homework help, teaching techniques for parents, and online resources will be shared with all who attend.
Location:  College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor: Renee Marshall
 
Parent Project
Saturdays, April 30, and May 7, 2016
8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Please bring a lunch for a 30 minute break as meals are not provided.
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
 
 
May 2016
 
Foster and Kinship Care in a Single Parent Household: Top Parenting and Self-Care Skills to Survive and Thrive as a Single Parent
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
If you are raising a child as a single parent - whether as a Foster and Kinship family or not - you know the reality of the stresses and demands of bringing up a child by yourself. This workshop focuses on dozens of practical single parenting skills and self-care ideas to bring back the joy of parenting and restore your own serenity.
Location: Santa Clarita Activities Center
Instructor:  Dr. Patricia Patton
 
SAFE Zone Training
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
SAFE Zone Training is a nationally recognized, certified program that increases awareness of issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community. This workshop is designed to elevate understanding by challenging stereotypes/myths about the LGBTQ community and fostering awareness of the specific issues that LGBTQ students and other individuals face. Assisting in the workshop are students who attend COC who are from the LGBTQ community and can give first-hand knowledge of experiences pertinent to living in and going to school in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Location: University Center, Room 307*
Instructor: Larry Schallert
 
Family Cooking Series Part 1 - Breakfast: It Really Is a Happy Meal
Saturday, May 14, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Learn why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  We will be making several breakfast items in class and then enjoying them together. This is the first of a three-part series.
*Please note - all classes are for adults only.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor: Chef Dawn Walker
 
F-Rate Pre-Service Training
Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, 2016
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please bring a lunch for a 30 minute break as meals are not provided. Required 16-hour pre-service training needed to work with children who are medically fragile. Participants must attend all sessions to earn their certificates.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor: Geri Hernandez
 
Family Cooking Series Part 2 - Lunch: Making It Simple
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Whether it is lunch at home or lunch at school, learn how to engage kids in making their own lunch.  We will be preparing several lunch items and enjoying them together. This is the second of a three-part series.
*Please note - all classes are for adults only.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor:  Chef Dawn Walker
 
Positive Discipline - Strategies for Raising Terrific Toddlers
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Every parent of a toddler struggles at one time or another with how to set limits on their children’s behavior. The strategies from this workshop will help you guide your child toward developing safe, socially responsible behavior while also promoting self-respect and respect for the feelings and property of others. We will also look at discipline and guidance through your toddler’s eyes, and gain a stronger understanding of why they do what they do!
Location: University Center, Room 307*
Instructor: Wendy Ruiz
 
Family Cooking Series Part 3 - Dinner: Shaking Up the Dinner Pot
Saturday, May 28, 2016
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Making dinner with kids and for kids can be challenging and expensive.  Learn how to make some healthy meals both with your kids and for your kids.  We will be making several items and enjoying them together. This is the third of a three-part series.
*Please note - all classes are for adults only
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor:  Chef Dawn Walker
 
 
June 2016
 
 
Behind Closed Doors: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Teens
Wednesdays, June 1, and June 8, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Many children in our community grow up in "war zones", as they must deal with domestic violence in their own homes. This battlefield of domestic violence includes verbal and emotional abuse, as well as physical abuse between parents. This workshop reviews the emotional impact of these forms of trauma on children and the effect on a child's developing brain.
Location: University Center, Room 223*
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Patton
 
Got Kids? Keeping Relationships Alive
Saturdays, June 4, and June 11, 2016
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please bring a lunch for a 30 minute break as meals are not provided.
In this couples workshop you’ll learn practical strategies for keeping your relationship strong. Topics covered include validating the importance of fathers, learning how to manage conflict, learning how to stay connected, and continuing to grow together as you make the transition from couplehood to parenthood.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room A*
Instructor: Heather Rousselo
 
Autism: Why is Everyone Annoyed with Me?
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This interactive workshop is designed to help parents with children who struggle with basic social skills. Participants will learn the importance nonverbal communication plays in everyday social interaction, the typical disorders that impact socialization, and what they can do to improve the social functioning of their children.
Location: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
Instructor: Chris Jones, Dynamic Interventions
 
Non-Violent Parenting
Thursday, June 9, 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Emphasizing compassion and connection between parent and child rather than “quick fixes” to gain compliance, the curriculum covers brain development, nonviolent communication, and setting limits with empathy. Parents learn to form developmentally appropriate expectations for their child as well as build emotional literacy skills so they can act as their child’s emotional “coach.” We teach self-regulation techniques for when parent or child experiences strong emotions such as anger.
Location: Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
Instructor: Eve Scanlon
 
Whole Family (SB500)
Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, 2016
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Please bring a lunch for a 30 minute break as meals are not provided.
Are you interested in being certified to care for a teen parent and her/his dependent child?  Then you should attend this 16-hour certification class, which includes the following information: caring for the developing teen as both a mentor and a parent; strategies for helping the teen parent to build attachment and be an effective parent; discussion of roles, rights, and responsibilities of teen parent and caregiver; information on available tools and resources; DCFS policies and compensation; and the completion of the Shared Responsibility Plans.
Location: College of the Canyons, Early Childhood Education Building, Room B*
Instructor: Theresa Reed
 
CSEC Part 1: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Awareness & Identification Training
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
This 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. A light lunch will be provided.
Location:  University Center, Room 223*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
CSEC PART 2: Developing a Healthy Self-Concept in our Most Vulnerable Youth
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
2:30-5:30 p.m.
This workshop is a precursor to understanding sex trafficking and will increase knowledge of sexual development.  Caregivers will learn skills to effectively engage and communicate with youth to increase the perception of their self-concept and lessen the likelihood of sexual exploitation.
Location:  University Center, Room 223*
Instructor:  Theresa Reed
 
 
 
 
 
Note: Certificates will only be issued to Foster and Kinship Care Providers and will be mailed within 1 to 2 weeks after finishing the workshop
 
*Please note – all classes held on the College of the Canyons campus 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
 
 
Santa Clarita Aquatic Center
20850 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
 
 
To register, please e-mail Sondra Duenez at Sondra.Duenez@canyons.edu
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