Services & Programs





The Parenting Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for members and their children to drop in. Come enjoy our interactive classes with your child or visit with other parents, grandparents or caregivers, while the children play and develop their social skills.

You can browse through our library, socialize with other members to find out how to handle everyday problems or share your everyday joys of parenting during our regularly scheduled children's socialization programs.


To register for a class, or for more information, please call the Parenting Center at (985) 898-4435, or email ksupan@stph.org
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CHILDREN'S SOCIALIZATION


CUDDLE BUDDIES (AGES 8-15 MONTHS)

A program designed as a "social playtime” for babies, as well as a learning and support opportunity for their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Join us for songs, stories and playtime. This group is held on three consecutive Thursday mornings each month from 10:30-11 a.m.


PLAY AND LEARN (AGES 16 MONTHS TO 4 YEARS)

This educational program is designed for parents, grandparents or caregivers and their children to have fun and learn together! A variety of interesting topics will be presented through music and movement, hands-on exploration, arts and crafts, and story time.

Each month there is a new theme. The movement segment, “fun and fit,” in conjunction with the 5210 Health Initiative, encourages everyone to get up and move! We are all just a hop, skip and a jump away from better health.

This program is held on three Tuesday mornings each month from 9:30-10:15 a.m.


PLAY DAYS AND FIELD TRIPS

These are monthly special events with varying themes and activities, such as Fun in the Sun, Water and Sand play day and Kids in the Kitchen. They are held at the Parenting Center and at locations throughout the community.



EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS


CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTION

Road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.

Let the Parenting Center help detect unsafe installations and recalled seats while encouraging compliance with Louisiana seatbelt and car safety seat laws.

As a fitting station, the Parenting Center teaches parents and caregivers how to safely transport children by using the appropriate child safety seat or safety belt correctly. To make an appointment to have a child safety seat inspected, please call the Parenting Center at (985) 898-4435. More than half of the seats inspected typically are unrestrained or improperly restrained.

For more information on infant/child passenger safety, click here.


CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE (Co-Parenting for Adults)

A two-part series for divorcing parents who want to keep their child from becoming “children in the middle”. Learn methods and communication skills that help to keep children out of the divorcing parents’ issues. Many St. Tammany judges and attorneys now order their clients to take this Co-Parenting series. There's also a two-part series for children, where they can receive help with issues they might encounter as their parents separate or divorce.

INFANT/CHILD CPR (A Friends & Family CPR Course)

Would you know what to do if your child was choking or stopped breathing? Learn the skills you need to know for these emergencies. Note: This is not a CPR-certified class.

THE 21st CENTURY LEARNING PROGRAM

The Parenting Center, in collaboration with the St. Tammany School Board, offers free parenting classes at Lyons Elementary and Pine View Middle Schools in Covington. Classes offered include 1, 2, 3, 4 Parents, Alternatives to Spanking, Who’s the Boss, Positive Discipline Targeting the School-Age Child, Stress Busters, Active Parenting of School-Age Child and Common Sense Parenting.

SAFE SITTER BABYSITTING TRAINING

This two-day program offers CPR, choking rescue, injury management, safety for the sitter, babysitting as a business, child care basics and more for boys and girls ages 11 and older. The class is offered five times a year: first during the Easter break, three times during the summer and again during the Thanksgiving break.

BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS

Calling all new dads! Are you familiar with car seats, coping with a crying infant and postpartum depression, or shaken baby syndrome? If not, don't worry. Join veteran dads for our Boot Camp for New Dads - the only one in Louisiana - every other month to learn how to care for your new baby - and new mom. Click here for more information.

BABY CHAT FOR SIBLINGS

This fun class meets every other month for siblings of newborns to help them understand the changes that occur when mom and dad bring home the new baby.



SUPPORT GROUPS

 

NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP (birth - 7 months)

This group is held every Thursday (except holidays) from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Join other mothers and their newborns for information and support. This is a great opportunity to discuss child development & parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. This support group is free and open to the public.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP (for mothers and babies)

This group is held on the first Thursday of every month (except holidays) from noon to 1 p.m. Join a STPH certified lactation consultant for answers to questions about breastfeeding your baby. Expectant moms are also encouraged to attend. This support groups is free and open to the public.

FIRST STEPS PROGRAM

This program is a hospital-based support and information program for new parents in which a trained volunteer visits with the parents shortly after they deliver their babies. They are given important parenting information such as baby safety, stress management and child development. Referrals to community resources help overwhelmed parents get off to the right start.