St. Mary Parenting Resource Center offers families in our community a supportive and nurturing environment. Assisted by trained and certified parenting educators, parents are helped to evaluate their individual needs and goals of parenting. Parenting educators provide education on the vital issues of parenting today and offer guidance on how to create healthy patterns of parenting styles and capabilities. The center offers a variety of services to parents including parenting workshops, and weekly parent-and-child groups.
The St. Mary Parenting Center is located in the Child Development Center building at the rear of the St. Mary campus.
Parenting classes are also offered at the St. Mary Community Ministries in the Family Resource Center on Knights Road in Bensalem.
Parenting Resource Centers also have been established in the Neshaminy School District, Bristol Township School District, and Bensalem School District as a cooperative community effort.
Each center offers a variety of services to the families of the community, including parenting workshops, weekly parent-and-child groups, and "Puppets for Children," and is staffed by a certified parenting educator.
Parenting Center Programs 2015
Baby Boppin Jamm: 10:00 to 11 am (walkers to 23 months) Socialize and play to music
After the Stork: 11:15 to 12:15 pm (0 to 12 months) tummy time activities with their special caregiver
Meet Greet and Chat - Parent Support Group 6:45 to 8:00 pm: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
Discuss parenting concerns and approaches in a warm and inviting environment
Babysitting is provided for families at no cost: Participants can receive a certificate of attendance
Tot R Cise: 10:15 to 11 am or 12:15 to 1:00 pm Toddlers and caregivers exercise to the beat of music
Toddler Fun Time: 11:15 am to 12:00 pm Toddlers meet for special story and activity time
Breastfeeding Tea 11:30-12:30: Offered the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month:
Kids Morning Out: 10 to 11 am Arts and crafts while parents enjoy grown up conversation
Infant Massage 12:30-1:30: Session One: Feb. 5th-12th& 19th Session Two: April 9th-16th & 23rd
Fee: $5:00 per series (Space is limited)
Registration is required: call 215-710-5345
Infant Massage is known for many benefits. It can help to improve sleeping patterns, helps baby to be more relaxed in the home and can provide relief from colic, teething, and colds. Massage strengthens the parent/baby bond. Please join us for a three week session and learn various techniques.
** First Footsteps – this program is designed for children ages 2.5 and older. The children accompany their special grown-up to engage in the pre-school experience through play, circle time, reading and snack time. FFS is a five week program and class sessions are limited to ten toddlers.
Please call 215-710-5345 or 215-710-5976 for dates and information
Registration is required $20.00 fee
** Being a Better Babysitter- January 24th ~ March 28th ~ June 6th 2015
Time: 9 am to 1:30 pm.
This class will help to prepare teenagers 12 years and older to care for young children.
Cost: $15.00 per participant $25.00 includes Babysitting handbook
Registration is required and class size is limited
Please call 215-710-5976 or 215-710-5345
**Individual Parenting Support - Parents and caregivers are given the opportunity to meet with an educator in a more personalized setting. Raising children can present many challenges in today’s world. This service provides support and various techniques to navigate through the parenting years. It is free of charge to the community. Participants will receive written information and a certificate of attendance.
Individual Parenting Support is offered by appointment only
For more information or to schedule your appointment for IPS please call 215-710-5345.
Parent Child Programs are free of charge with the exception of special programs
For any other questions or information about our programs please call the Parenting Resource Center. Our center is located on the St. Mary Campus across from the hospital emergency room. In the event of inclement weather please call for closures and updates.
215-710-5976 or 215-710-5345