Class Descriptions

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Pre-infant

(Child due between October and May)

This class provides the foundation for a successful transition into motherhood. There are many new things to learn about a newborn’s development, behaviors, and most importantly needs. Please feel free to bring your infant with you to class if you should have him or her during the school year!

 

 

0-6_months

Newborn

(0-5 months old)

All the infant “firsts” are shared and cherished in these important first six months. Bedtime routines are established and new foods are introduced.  Please feel free to bring your infant (0-6 months old) to class with you!

 

 

 

 

7-13_months

Class 1A

(5-11 months old)

The entirety of the first year is discussed and celebrated. The child is developing new behaviors and reaching milestones in crawling, walking and babbling.

 

 

 

 

 

14-20_months

Class 1B

(12-17 months)

Bye bye baby-hello toddler!  Mobility and exploration are under way.  In this class we cover discipline, napping, language development and social skills.  We also discuss preschool readiness, preparing for siblings and potty training.  The goal of this class is to help prepare parents for the many transitions that are a part of this stage of development.

 

 

 

 

 

21-29_months

Class 2A & Class 2B

(17-29 months)

Helping parents prepare and guide their children through the major transitions of this stage and year ahead. Preparing for preschool, potty training, moving from the crib to the bed, behavioral changes and social interaction are the goals of this class.

 

 

 

 

30-40_months

Class 3A & Class 3B

(29-41 months) 

This class focuses on the struggle for power between child and parent, providing useful and effective parenting strategies while respecting the child’s need for independence.  Sibling interaction and the family are discussed as well.

 

 

 

 

41_50_months

Class 4A & Class 4B

(41-53 months)

This class devotes much time to children’s social development, covering a variety of issues from anger management to conflict resolution to peer relationships.  Additionally, topics in this class will include: establishing family rules, building self-confidence and self-reliance, and encouraging cognitive and physical development.

 

 

 

51-59_months

Pre-K or Junior Kindergarten


(Enrolled in Pre-K or Junior Kindergarten)

Parents discuss and prepare for the next step into kindergarten, including but not limited to: choosing a school that meets their child’s and family’s needs, learning math and reading tools that will enhance kindergarten success, and finding ways to encourage self-confidence and independence.  Also, every class features take home crafts and recipes that focus on kindergarten readiness skills.

 

 

 

Evening_Classes

Kindergarten

 (Enrolled in Kindergarten)

Come to this class for support, encouragement, and many laughs as we help moms and their children transition into elementary school. Topics will focus on nurturing a child’s autonomy, helping them set appropriate boundaries, fostering their awareness, and encouraging responsibility.

 

 

 

 

Elementary_4-6

School A and School B  

 (Grades 1-6)

NCPG has added elementary classes to help Valley parents navigate the challenges of parenting increasingly independent children. These classes will cover topics such as: how to partner with your child’s teacher and school, bullying recognition and prevention, nutrition for learning, deepening your relationship with your child as he/she gets older, parenting in the digital age, raising your child to be an innovator, and encouraging autonomy.

 

 


Class Progression

For 32 years, North Central Parenting Group has followed a class progression that has proven to be most beneficial to members and instructors. We group parents by their first child’s age (as of Sept. 1).

Parenting a 3 month old is much different than parenting an 11 month old, so classes for the “little ones” were created for a much smaller age range.  As our children age, the developmental differences between a few months lessens, therefore the age range in classes widens.

Of course, there are several variables in play:

1.     Progression may vary depending on your child’s birth date. If you child is the oldest or youngest in a class, you may not follow the same progression as other members.

2.     Member enrollment also affects class progression as the Board strives to have no class be too big or too small

If you have any questions about your class assignment, please contact membership@ncpgaz.org.  We can accommodate requests.

 

The information provided by NCPG instructors should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.