The St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center offers a variety of classes, programs and services throughout the year. To find out when the next class or program will be held, please visit our calendar by clicking here.
CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS
An average of four children 14 and younger die each day in motor vehicle crashes, while 602 are injured. 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.
Inspections are held from 9 a.m. - noon the second Thursday of each month. To make an appointment, please call St. Tammany Parish Hospital's Parenting Center (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 and Children's versions)
The co-parenting program is offered monthly for divorcing or separated parents who want to keep their children from becoming the "Children in the Middle." Many St. Tammany judges and attorneys now order their clients to take this 2-part series.
The Children's Version is a two-part series offered monthly for the children of parents participating in, or who have previously completed, the “Children In The Middle” series. Children can receive help with issues they may encounter as their parents divorce.
The cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers for the adult version and $10 per child ($20 maximum for a family) for the children's version.
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. Register no later than one week prior to class.
The cost is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers and $10 per additional couple. To register or for more information, please call (985) 898-4435.
NEW BABY SUPPORT GROUP
Discuss child development and parenting tips with other parents, as well as professionals. This free class is held from 11:15 a.m. to noon every Thursday.
ONLINE PARENTING CLASSES
There now is help at your fingertips with Active Parenting Online Groups. Each of the three classes is filled with video and activities, and has a trained online parenting leader. Everyone in the group can exchange questions and comments via the group bulletin board. Each class can be completed at your own pace at any time and a Certificate of Completion is available at the end. Each class costs $49.95, which includes an accompanying parent guide mailed to your house. To register or for more information, contact Cathy Daughtridge at (800) 825-0060 ext. 115 or click here. Choose from these interactive online classes:
- Active Parenting Now: for parents of children ages 5 to 12
- Active Parenting of Teens: for parents of ‘tweens and teens
- Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce: for parents dealing with divorce
SAFE SITTER - A BABYSITTING TRAINING COURSE
A two-day training for students ages 11 and older. This course includes: infant/child CPR, child care basics, injury management, preventing problem behavior, safety for the sitter and the basics of setting up babysitting as a business. This course enables young students to be better babysitters today and better prepared parents in the future. More than 110 students went through the program in 2013.
THE 21st CENTURY LEARNING PROGRAM
The Parenting Center, In collaboration with St. Tammany School Board, offers free parenting classes at Pine View Middle School 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 Teens and Common Sense Parenting.
THE 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.