CSUSB’s Cuidar Project Offers Free Parenting Classes To The Community

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– – Cal State San Bernardino’s Institute of Child Development and Family Relations, Project CUIDAR, will offer free parent education classes to residents of selected Inland Empire communities. The course is primarily geared toward parents or caregivers of young children up to 5 years old.

The classes will be held at various locations in San Bernardino County’s east valley region and will run for 12 consecutive weeks as follows:

Every Monday for 12 straight weeks beginning Jan. 28, Mill Child Development Head Start (Spanish), 503 East Central Avenue, San Bernardino; 5-7:30 p.m. Note: Although this class has already begun, parents may still enroll up through the second class meeting.

Wednesdays beginning Jan. 30, Childhelp Foster Family and Adoption Agency of Calif. (English), 1743 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands; 5-7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays beginning Feb. 5, Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center (English), 7863 Central Avenue, Highland; 5-7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays beginning Feb. 6, South Redlands Head and State Preschool (Spanish), 15 N. Center Street, Redlands; 5:30-8 p.m.

Sponsored by San Bernardino County’s First 5 Early Intervention project, CUIDAR’s parenting classes are based on the most current research on positive child guidance, child development, attachment and neurodevelopment.  Parents will learn effective positive child guidance strategies that will also support their children’s long-term development.

Officials of the program stress that it is a 12-week commitment. Parents may join a session up until the second week of class.

A light meal will be offered and free childcare is available to caregivers while attending classes, provided by the Child Enrichment Group (for ages 3-5) and Structured Childcare (for ages 6-12) The Child Enrichment Group provides developmentally appropriate activities for children by trained CSUSB students.

Space is limited and reservations are recommended by contacting Laura Gonzalez-Rivera, CSUSB associate director of the CUIDAR Project at lgonzale@csusb.edu or by calling (909) 537-5945.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu

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