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Nov 11, 2019 11:02 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center To Offer Free Parenting Series

Nov 12, 2019 1:12 PM

The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center’s parenting series, which started in 2014 for parents of children who attend the center, is now open to the entire community.

“Parenting in the 21st Century” now partners with the the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation and East End Pediatrics, the practice of Dr. Gail Schonfeld, so that it may reach a larger audience.

The free seven-part evening series is designed to educate parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children (birth to age 5) about early childhood development to provide important insight and methods for successful parenting in today’s world. Each topic will be presented in English on Monday and in Spanish on Wednesday, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the center, 2 Gingerbread Lane Ext.

The series will be led by the center’s program director, Arlene Pizzo-Notel, and Dr. Julio Gonzalez, professor at SUNY Old Westbury. Dr. Schonfeld will serve in an advisory role for the series. Visiting specialists will be featured at each session.

“The first five years are the most accelerated period of human growth. It’s so important for parents to have the necessary knowledge and tools about this crucial period, in order to positively affect their children’s lives now and in the future,” said the center’s director of development, Joan Overlock.

The schedule and topics are:

• November 18 and 20 — Observing, listening, wondering, and responding as teachers and parents.

• December 16 and 18 — Helping children through difficult moments: Healthy social emotional development and resilience.

• January 13 and 15 — Language development: Individual differences and technology.

• February 10 and 12 — The importance of teaching kindness, empathy and acceptance.

• March 16 and 18 — Health, nutrition and early childhood development.

• April 20 and 22 — Expressing optimism and gratitude: Increasing overall well-being.

• May 18 and 20 — Helping children through life’s transitions.

All are welcome, and attendees may attend entire series or individual classes. Free child care is provided.

To register in advance, which is requested but not required, call 631-324-5560 or email events@ewecc.org.

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