North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Registration for education classes begins Tuesday, September 9       Call 781-246-5187
Please Note:  There is a suggested donation of $5 for parents to attend workshops.
There is a fee of $15 per workshop for teachers/childcare providers to attend a workshop, which includes a Certificate of Attendance
The fee for teachers/childcare providers must be received prior to the workshop.

Our parent & caregiver education classes this year are made possible by a generous donation from the Melrose Rotary Club.   Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Family Resource Network is grateful for their support.

“Would You Hire Your Child?”  Raising Children With The Traits To Succeed                         Registration required
 Tuesday, September 23               7 – 9 PM     
 Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose   
People who are considered successful possess certain character traits such as perseverance and independence.  Learning these traits as part of personality development can begin at a very young age.  Parents will explore their roles in helping children acquire and effectively use these traits necessary for success. Presenter:  Gerry Carmody B.S.; M.Ed; C.A.G.S.; D.Ed.

Preparing Your Child for Preschool                 Registration required  Tuesday, October 21   7 – 9 PM   
Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose           
Are you looking for a preschool for your child and wondering what makes a quality child care program or is there any real learning in preschool or is it all play? This workshop will give participants a chance to learn what preschool directors and teachers want every parent to know before their child begins preschool.  We will discuss how and what you can be doing now to prepare your child and yourself for a successful transition into preschool.  Learn what makes a quality childcare program and what to look for when deciding what preschool program is right for your child and family.  Presenter, Patti Kheboian, has over 25 years of experience teaching, consulting, and working with families of young children.  She currently works as a Developmental Specialist with the Stoneham Criterion Early Intervention program.

Sibling Rivalry                   Registration required
Thursday, November 6                              7– 9 PM   
Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose 
Each of us wants our children to be caring siblings, but sometimes sibling rivalry seems to make that goal an impossible one.  In this workshop, we will look at the causes and dynamics behind sibling rivalry, how to foster more positive sibling relationships, disciplinary approaches that help, and which ones to avoid, and how to stay balanced when your children are pulling you in opposite directions.  Presenter, Rick Irving, has been a licensed social worker for over 30 years, working in residential treatment for 6 years and with the Andover Public Schools since 1978.  He also has a private practice.  He has presented workshops throughout the United States and in Europe as well. 

Nature of Wholeness                    Registration required
Wednesday, December 10                        7 – 9 PM    
Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose 
What we do to children, they will do to society.  Therefore, we must guide them and others along the path toward developing the lifelong habits of wellness - to create the conditions that support an amazing and inspiring life.  This session defines what really matters when the goal is to live a healthier, more connected, comfortable and joyful life.  Presenter, Jeanine Fitzgerald, is a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning.  Jeanine draws on more than 30 years of professional experience to empower teachers and parents to achieve more with children “at risk.” With experience as a certified teacher, mental health professional and mother of three grown children, she understands the promise of every child, as well as the diversity of their needs.

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