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Parenting Resource Center

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.

Locations:

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

Mondays:

Baby Boppin  Jamm: (walkers to 22 months) Socialize and play to music  10 to 11am

After the Stork Babies (0 to 12 months) tummy time activities with their special caregiver 11:15 to 12:15

Wednesdays:

Tot R Cise: Toddlers and caregivers exercise to the beat of music: 10:00 to 11:00 & 12:30 to 1:15

Toddler Fun Time: Toddlers meet for special story and activity time 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Thursdays:

Parent Coffee Time: 9:15 to 10:00 am: Stop by the center for coffee, treats and conversation

Kids Morning Out: 10 to 11: Children come to make a special arts & craft project while parents enjoy grown up conversation.

Fridays:

First Footstepsthis program is 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. Registration is required and class size is limited. There is a $20.00 fee for each five week session. Please call for more information on specific dates and times. 215-710-5976

Special Programs

Meet Greet and Chat Support Group- The groups meets on Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 (This group is for parents and caregivers to discuss concerns openly and receive parenting information) Babysitting is available at no cost. Please call for dates and information 215-710-5345

Being a Better BabysitterProgram dates are Saturday April 12th and June 14th 2014 from 9-1:30 pm cost $25.00 per person. This class will help to prepare teenagers 12 years and older to care for young children. Registration is required.  Class size is limited. Please call 215-710-5976 to register

One to One Parenting- Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to meet with a certified parenting educator in a more personalized setting.  This service is free of charge. Participants may schedule up to four sessions. One to One Parenting is offered by appointment only. Please call 215-710-5345

For any other questions or information please call the Parenting Resource Center at 215-710-5976. 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.