Always Here to Help
The new Family Resource Center offers classes, sessions and tools for local residents and students.
Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 14:09
Many expect a community college to offer classes for those who want to transfer or obtain an associate's degree, but Valley College's Family Resource Center is putting the community in community college by offering classes and resources to local new parents.
Nicole Goddard, a Valley alumus, who received her bachelor's degree from CSUN in child development has come back to Valley to work on campus helping out at the Family Resource Center. Goddard urges residents to take part in the classes and other opportunities for their kids.
"It's a chance for the community, students and children to interact," said Goddard. "It's important for kids to be around kids their own age along with the parents."
The Family Resource Center moved this year after the child development buildings were completed in spring 2011. Through the center, local residents can take non-credit classes like Parenting 20CE offered each semester.
Parenting 20CE meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and students learn about issues such as bedtime routines, discipline and food and nutrition. Here, the parents or the caregiver and the children, mainly infants and kids up to age 3 attend these classes together.
However, the center offers more than just a class for parents. Every Tuesday and Thursday, toddlers ages 2 to 3 have a Creative Activities Playgroup. Here, the children participate in many activities that will prepare them for preschool such as arts and crafts, music and sensory and dramatic play.
There is also a monthly "Daddy and Me" class for fathers and infants up to age 3. Offered usually the third Saturday of the month, children bond with their dads from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Besides classes and sessions with parents and kids, the Family Resource Center has a small library with many informational videos and books that parents in the community are welcome to use. The center also has a drawer of baby clothes that parents are welcome to use. Many use them and bring some of their children's hand-me- downs in turn for others to use.
Criminal justice major Mark Contreras had been to the Family Resource Center this year and is happy that his school helps out the community.
"I think Valley offers a good Family Resource Center for the community. The staff at the center tries to help its customers in the best way possible," said Contreras. "It is a very welcoming environment."
To find out more about the Family Resource Center on campus, visit the center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, contact the center at (818) 778-5612.