Professional Technical Certificate

Family Life Education Parenting and Family Management Short Term Certificate

Program Coordinator

Melanie McCaughan

Program Description

Peninsula College offers parent education programs for families with young children in Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Each program offers developmentally appropriate learning activities for young children ranging in age from birth to five years of age.

Parents become active partners in their children’s education by assisting teachers in the classroom on a scheduled rotating basis. Because these are parent run organizations, parents are also actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the preschool programs.

Parent Education instructors from Peninsula College facilitate parenting discussions on topics appropriate for each age group. These programs support parents in an environment where they can enhance and develop effective parenting and leadership skills. Parents receive college credits for attendance and participation in the program and have the opportunity to earn short-term certificates. Parents/students who complete a combination of 18 credits of Family Life Education courses can apply for a Leadership Skills Certificate.

Program Code: PCEPFC01

Program Outcomes

  • Implement healthy, safe practices for young children
  • Explain and apply early childhood development and developmentally appropriate practices/environments for young children within a context of social and cultural influences
  • Apply strategies for working with children, within a culturally relevant, anti-bias approach in order to promote social-emotional competence
  • Determine and utilize appropriate resources for family support, within a social, cultural and anti-bias framework
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For parents with one to three year old children concurrently enrolled in a toddler child study laboratory. Combines parent observation and participation assignments in children’s program. Parent seminars focus on child development, parenting, and family relationship issues. Fall, Winter, Spring sequence.

Credits: 2

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Parent students participate as teaching assistants in preschool laboratory with children ages three to six years. Focus on early childhood curriculum, child development and behavior, classroom dynamics, and positive guidance. Fall, Winter, Spring sequence.

Credits: 2

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