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
Parenting Center Fall Schedule- Programs Resume September 8th 2014
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
Grandparent Camp: 11:00 to 12:30 this is a three week program for new and seasoned grandparents
Session 1- Learn about car seat safety, home safety and keeping your grandchild safe Sept. 30th
Session II –Come play and receive your “survival fun kit” to keep your grandchild entertained Oct. 7th
Session III –Childhood refresher class. Learn about temperament and childhood behaviors Oct. 14th
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
Kids Morning Out: 10 to 11 am Arts and crafts while parents enjoy grown up conversation
Parent Child Programs are free and no registration is required.
**Infant Massage- 11:30 this program has many benefits and is being offered for a three week session. Infant massage improves baby sleeping patterns, helps baby to be more relaxed in the home and creates a bonding experience between caregiver and baby. Class size is limited to five families per session.
Session I: Thursdays September 18th- 25th – and October 2nd
Registration is required $5.00 fee
Please call 215-710-5976 or 215-710-5345
** 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.
Registration is required $20.00 fee
Dates: September 12th-19th-26th and Oct. 3rd and 10th Times: 9:15 to 10:30 or 10:45-12:00
Please call 215-710-5976
** Meet Greet and Chat Support Group- The group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:30 pm Discuss parenting approaches and challenges with other parents and caregivers in a safe and confidential setting. Babysitting is available to all families at no cost.
Please call 215-710-5345
Dates are as follows: Sept. 9th-16th & 23rd Oct. 7th-14th & 21st Nov. 4th- 11th & 18th
Please join us on the third week for a boxed dinner
**Being a Better Babysitter – Program dates are Saturday September 20th and October 18th 2014 from 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
**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.
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