The Parent/Child Workshop is essentially a free five-week program that involves toddlers (aged 1-3) and their parents and caregivers; features local professionals who serve as resources for parents as the first (and best) teachers of their children; facilitates early intervention, and teaches strategies for healthy child development and early literacy. Advanced registration is required – we will be limiting each workshop to 8-12 families. Infants and preschool siblings may attend with a registered toddler. To maintain our status as a Family Place library, we must hold 2 workshops a year.
This is a wonderful opportunity for families to informally meet with family resource professionals.
Each week consists of a 1-hour session. Weekly workshop topics will focus on these core subjects:
Week 1 – Orientation & Early Literacy
Week 2 – Speech, Hearing, & Language Development
Week 3 – Child Development
Week 4 – Nutrition
Week 5 – Music, Play, & Health
Structure of the Parent/Child Workshop will:
Have an emphasis on parent/child interactions
We will have a room set up with different stations including:
A dramatic play area
Gross motor toys
A table set up with flyers and resources for parents to take home, dealing with each week’s theme
An activity/exploration table with art activities. This will be manned by a paraprofessional (the same staff member every week).
The goal of the workshop is to provide a free-flowing environment where parents follow the child’s lead and engage in meaningful play. It is a collaborative effort – the library will be providing parenting books and material resources, but we need well-respected experts who can provide direct information and answer specific concerns for parents, have firsthand knowledge of the important resources in the Permian Basin, and for agencies to have access to families with young children so they can provide intervention, if needed, early on.