THESE AREN'T YOUR MOMMA'S CLOTH DIAPERS
Keep chemicals off your baby, save money (over $1,000 a year!), and help the environment - consider cloth diapers! Did you know there are almost 60 different chemicals in a disposable diaper? Today’s cloth diapers use no pins, no rubber pants and need no rinsing, and if you use a diaper service it’s as simple as taking out the trash. Best news of all - babies diapered in cloth learn to use the toilet about a year earlier than kids who wear disposables! Want to know more? Cloth diapering mom/expert will be on hand to answer all your questions.
TODDLER TANTRUM SURVIVAL GUIDE
Why do toddlers have tantrums, what triggers them, and how to cope when they happen are questions that have always plagued parents. Two main reasons young children resort to tantrums is their frustration with their lack of verbal skills and desire for independence. During this 2-hour workshop we’ll share ways to creatively avoid conflict without crushing your child’s spirit, along with strategies on how to set reasonable boundaries without having to constantly resort to the word, “no”. In addition, the fun & effective communication technique of using sign language will be emphasized to help your child more effectively communicate their wants and needs, without having to resort to tears or tantrums.
- 10:00-12:00 @ Bethesda North Hospital
- Cost: $30/single parent or couple; register @ 475-4500
- Taught by CFEC's much-loved Missy Tepe!
Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:15
April 1 through June 3
6 to 35 months
Why Whine When You Can Sign?!
Join your child in singing, signing, playing, & rhyming! Research shows that once hearing babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are taught to sign their brains actually become more developed! Benefits include pre-verbal communication, earlier speech development, larger vocabularies, enhanced intellectual development, enhanced literacy skills, and less frustration (less crying, fewer tantrums!). Children can “talk” with their hands as early as 9 months. Why whine when you can sign?!
Choosing a Carrier & Babywearing Gathering
BabyWearing calms the fussiest of babies whether due to a higher-needs personality, aiding good digestion by easing the symptoms of colic and reflux, and promoting better sleep patterns. But how do you choose the right sling, wrap, or carrier for you? Our baby-wearing expert will share her favorites with you and assist you in trying out a variety of choices at our next demo. Followed by a Babywearers International play group from 12:15 - 2:00!
- Please RSVP to Laura @ firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donations gratefully accepted
caring & sharing
Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:15
March 29 through May 31
18 to 35 months
practicing kindness & cooperation
Finding yourself constantly saying, "no", "don't", "it's not your turn", or "you need to share"? At this stage in your child's development consistency, reinforcement, and patience are key in order to model compassion, respectfulness, and kindness. Through songs, role-play, puppetry, storytelling, and simple games your child will learn ways to appropriately express their feelings, resulting in minimized negative behavior such as screaming and hitting.
Fridays, 10:30 to 11:15
January 13 through March 17
Birth - Precrawling
This “baby and me” class features fun yoga-inspired interactive postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding, improve baby’s sleep, aid in digestion and overall healthy brain development. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is a special opportunity to strengthen the physical, spiritual and emotional bond between you and your baby, meet other new parents, and to enjoy a bit of moving and stretching as well as breathing and relaxation techniques.
**It is advised that mothers not participate in yoga before 6 weeks postpartum. Please consult caregiver before attending. Dads/Partners are welcome with their newborn at any time.
Help us ring in the new year with our first Family Fun Saturday event featuring musical play and storytelling by Mr. Andy!
- Saturday, January 7; 11:00-12:00
- included in our $5.00 play drop-in fee
- additional donation gratefully accepted
- appropriate up to 5 years
DOGGY STORY TIME
Join Drummer, the certified therapy dog, for a holiday doggy story time Friday, December 9th @ 11:00. We’ll be waggin’ our tails with holiday joy!
- Donations gratefully accepted
- Saturday, December 17, 2016
- 11:00am 12:00pm
Let's celebrate the holidays with age-appropriate activities, crafts, stories & songs led by our much-loved Miss Keena!
October 26 through December 14 - closed
crawling to 2 years
Baby & Toddler Yoga
When presented in a child's language, yoga can help counter the stress experienced by little ones living in a hurry-up world. The integration of games, music, and partner yoga enhances a growing child’s strength, coordination, and body awareness. Children will jump at the chance to bark in the dog pose, stretch like a cat, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree learning stillness, expanding their imagination, and learning age appropriate relaxation.
holiday photo sessions
Immortalize your memories that seem so vivid now, but in years to come will fade, by scheduling a 20-minute Holiday mini photo session with Jessica Cunningham Photography. Visit her website at a jessicacunninghamphotos.com to reserve your session time. Spots fill up quickly!
- $100 fee includes CD of all edited images
- Sunday, November 20
- 10% of all fees is donated to the CFEC!
- Saturday, October 29, 2016
- 10:30am 1:00pm
Looking for a way to test drive your Halloween costumes while enjoying family time together? At the CFEC Fall Family Fest we’ll be providing multiple fun sensory activities involving pumpkins, leaves, apples, and gourds! Lots of space to mingle with friends enjoying art activities, face painting, treat hunting, and costume photo taking.
pregnancy-related back & pelvic pain
Pregnant? Recently given birth? Join Julie Brehm, a TriHealth physical therapist who specializes in treating pregnant and postnatal women for this informative workshop for women who experience low back, pubic symphysis (groin), and tailbone pain, urinary incontinence, and rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles that can occur with pregnancy). While these are common problems during pregnancy, they are not considered a normal part of pregnancy. Julie will discuss each of these conditions and how physical therapy can help. She will also discuss the role of the pelvis during labor and delivery and normal expectations in the postpartum phase.
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:15
August 31 through October 19
2 to 5 years
Family Fitness Fun!
Yoga with a fun musical twist- just right for active children! This family-centered class will have you and your child hissing like a cobra, meowing like a cat, breathing like a bunny, and blossoming like a flower. Learn together techniques for stretching, strengthening, balancing, and stress release breathing. Enjoy some “slow down” time with your child in our “hurry up” world!
gentle sleep solutions
Not just for babies! Come join certified Gentle Sleep Coach Kate Ibrahim to get all your sleep questions answered. We will cover topics including sleep needs by age, identifying sleep crutches, and ways to create healthy sleep habits and routines for babies and children alike. You do not need to suffer through the sleep deprivation, fighting through bedtime, or leaving your baby to CIO. Learn how to get the sleep you and your child deserves to be healthy and happy using gentle techniques that work for your family!
$30/single or couple
Saturday, September 17; 12:45-2:15
Saturdays, 10:30 - 11:00
July 9 through September 10
1 to 5 years
When presented in a child's language, yoga can help counter the stress experienced by young people living in a hurry-up world. The integration of creative movement, music, and yoga enhances growing children’s flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Children will jump at the chance to assume the role of animals, trees, flowers, and warriors. Whether they bark in the dog pose, stretch like a cat, balance like a flamingo, breathe like a bunny, or stand strong and tall like a tree they’re learning stillness, expanding their imagination, and developing a reverence for all life.
July 11 through Aug. 22 - closed
2 1/2 to 5 years
ooey, gooey science!
Mushy, messy creative exploration for the child who loves to get their hands goopy! Whether we’re learning about worms, bugs, where boogers come from, how food is made into poop, or whether jellyfish are really made of jelly, we’ll get up close and personal with the slimy, smelly science of the human body and the animals who share our world with us. As a beginning Grossologist they’ll live and breathe science!
July 5 through September 6 - closed
2 to 4 years
This unique movement class for beginners introduces basic terminology and the fundamental movements of ballet, modern, African and creative dance. Children get to stretch their bodies, move freely and express themselves through dance, but they also learn basic skills to prepare them for a more structured dance class (and frankly, other mundane life experiences such as waiting in line at the grocery store). Our creative movement activities focus on body awareness, rhythmic skill, flexibility, coordination, & releasing energy. So grab your dancin’ shoes and join us as we dance our way through the “fun”dumentals!
Raising a Reader
Did you know that the number one predictor of future reading difficulties is not IQ or learning style? That late talkers are more apt to have reading and spelling issues? Why frequent ear infections can disrupt the typical development of emerging reader skills? Since schools typically don’t identify reading difficulties until 3rd grade, yet research shows the best time to intervene if your child is not on target with foundational reading skills is kindergarten, parents need to be empowered with information on emerging reading skills at 2 and 3 years of age - well before a child enters school.
- workshop: 12:45
- fundraiser: 10:30-2:00
*Usborne books will be available for purchase and the CFEC will earn 50% book credit for all purchases made! If you can’t attend the workshop but would like to make a purchase you can order on-line at www.tinyurl.com/CFEC16 . On-line orders also contribute to this fundraising event, so “thank you”!
PLAYFUL LEARNING SUMMER CAMP
10 THEMED WEEKS OF ADVENTURE!
Wednesdays &/or Fridays
June 8 through Aug. 12; 9:30 to 12:00
2 to 5 years
Playful Learning Summer Camp combines lots of outside time in our urban gardening spaces with weekly themed activities, such as dinosaurs, insects, bubbles, ocean life & more!
1 day/week = $30
2 days/week = $54 ($27/day)
~ You may enroll your child 1 or 2 days per week.
~ If your child is not potty proficient you will need to stay on site or delegate another responsible parent.
*Paying & registering in person is recommended, but if that isn't a possibility you can download the following forms to complete and mail them in with your payment or pay below. *A 5% discount is applied to families who pay in full.
PLAYFUL LEARNING SUMMER CAMP
1 Day in full $285.00 USD 2 Days in full $513.00 USD 1 Day 1st installment $150.00 USD 2 days 1st installment $270.00 USD
*As class enrollment determines whether we are able to run a class, no refunds are given after the first week.
A 3-class series that will help you to feel more prepared for your planned homebirth. Taught by Erica Manto-Konya CLD, CCCE (CAPPA).
• The stages and phases of labor
• Natural pain coping methods and techniques
• Waterbirth tips
• Comfort measures and relaxation exercises
• How to be the most supportive partner during labor.
• Making a birth plan and decision-making strategies
• Communicating with your care provider
• Preparing your house for a homebirth
• Preparing for postpartum
Considering the out-of-pocket costs that couples pay for a homebirth, we are happy to offer you a reduced fee of $99 for these classes. For more information or to register: e-mail us and we will get back with you shortly.
12 to 24 months
Each class includes themed learning stations during which we’ll engage in hands-on montessori-based activies and practical life skills, focus on cognitive and motor skill development, and promote language and social skills. Activities are designed to help increase your child's independence and attention span. so there will be many opportunities to practice following directions while working on pre-reading skills, pre-math skills, writing preparation and practical life skills, all woven together with singing, music and movement. So take some “time out together” with your little one to come, play, learn!
bare 2 brilliant
Have fun with your child creating a one-of-a-kind personalized gift for Father's Day! Bare 2 Brilliant be offering plates & mugs for you and your kids to paint at $15 each. You paint it, they glaze & fire it for you! View others projects @ facebook.com/bare2brilliant
*Pricing includes pottery, paint, glaze, fire, and tax. All pieces once fired are food-safe, microwavable, & dishwasher safe.
- Saturday, May 7, 2016
- 12:45pm 1:45pm
Learn effective tools for behavior management and how to help your child and yourself regulate mind and body. It’s exciting and informative and the tools are easy to implement in your daily life. We will also spend time one-on-one troubleshooting a few of your child's most frustrating behaviors.
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016
- 4:00pm 6:00pm
Social conditioning has led parents to believe that if a baby is held or carried too frequently they’ll be spoiled, clingy, or demanding. Modern research reveals quite the opposite! Our mission is to help families babywear confidently and safely through monthly meet-ups and a lending library. Join us!
A fun alternative exercise option that teaches us how to connect to the feminine aspects of strength, power and confidence! Women at all stages of life encouraged, including pregnancy; babies worn in slings welcomed.
- Saturdays @ 11:15
- $60 per 6-week series (drop-in spots may be available; call to inquire)
- No special clothing necessary
HEALING FROM BIRTH TRAUMA
Did you experience a birth that you perceive as negative or traumatic? Do you find yourself feeling emotionally wounded as you think back on your experience? Are you currently pregnant and struggling with lingering emotional pain or fear that was brought on by your previous birth? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this birth trauma resolution class is for you.
- 6-week series (every other week); $120
- April 5 to June 14 from 7:00-9:00pm
- taught by Erica Manto-Konya CLD, CCCE (CAPPA)
- more details can be found at www.thenixi.com
- Sunday, April 3, 2016
- 9:30am 12:00pm
Celebrate the coming of Spring by scheduling a 20-minute mini photo session with Jessica Cunningham Photography. Visit her website at a jessicacunninghamphotos.com to reserve your session time. Spots fill up quickly!
Saturdays, Jan. 9 to March 26 - closed for the Winter Term
2 to 5 years
Playing with construction toys has many benefits for young children. It’s critical for reading readiness as it fosters the visual-spatial skills that must develop before a child can learn to read. Building with a variety of materials instills the principles of early engineering skills and provides a natural way for children to learn about science. In addition, children who build with construction materials are exploring math concepts and learning about simple machines. And we make it fun by providing a weekly project done in an encouraging, child-centered environment!
Wednesdays, Jan. 6 to Mch. 23 - closed for Winter Term
11:15 - 11:45
6 to 18 months
Multilingual & ASL Play
Learning multiple languages in tandem provides a much richer language base for babies, and as a result of all the overlapping integrated brain activities the language center of the brain actually grows! Children who learn two or more languages do better academically, possess greater problem solving skills, and perform better academically than children with just one language. And because a child’s brain is capable of storing different languages in different areas, something that an adult brain is incapable of, learning them is easy and fun! Through simple rhymes, stories, songs, and rhythmical activities already familiar to you and your child, they will easily become familiar with typical daily words and phrases. Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, French & more!
Looking for a creative and personal way to prepare for birth and parenthood? Pregnant women & their partners will experience a warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment for making and exploring images about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. NO artistic talent, skill or experience is needed; art will not be analyzed or displayed. Our focus is on the learning process, self-discovery, and deepening your connection to your baby and yourself.
- Materials will be provided.
- $20/single or couple
- Mentored by Katie Brenner, childbirth educator, doula & artist
- Please RSVP to email@example.com
child in bloom
Child in Bloom will be hanging out with us Friday, February 26! Drop by between 9:30 and 11:00 and have Shannon Buckner offer guidance on your toughest parenting questions.
- Donations gratefully accepted
VALENTINE PHOTO SHOOT
Create a special Valentine's Day gift by scheduling a 20-minute mini photo session with Jessica Cunningham Photography. Visit her website at a jessicacunninghamphotos.com to reserve your session time. Spots fill up quickly!
- $100 fee includes CD of all edited images
- Sundays, January 31
- 15% of all fees is donated to the CFEC!
**Visit her website at a jessicacunninghamphotos.com to reserve your session time.
montessori in the home
Do you look at the images of perfectly staged rooms on Pinterest and think that it isn’t possible to have kids and still have a space that everyone can live in together? It is possible! This workshop will give you concrete examples of how to incorporate the Montessori philosophy into your home routine. We’ll talk about how to think about the spaces that your children use in another way and learn simple, inexpensive tips to make changes in your home, creating routine, order, simplicity, and independence for your family.
Beth has been a Montessori teacher for the past 18 years and received her BS and M.Ed in Montessori Education from Xavier University and her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certificate from the American Montessori Society.
- Saturday, January 23 @ 12:45
- Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Donations gratefully accepted
REMOTE CONTROL KIDS
Learn how to help your child and yourself regulate mind and body by using the visual reminders found on your remote control - it’s exciting and informative and the tools are easy to implement in your daily life. We’ll also troubleshoot examples of behaviors that most parents want to see vanish and you’ll leave with a "back pocket" full of tips so you can begin replacing yucky 'STOP' behaviors with positive 'GO' behaviors! Led by Shannon Buckner, Certified Parent Coach with Child in Bloom.
- $10/single or couple
- Please RSVP to Shannon @ email@example.com
holiday photo session
Immortalize your memories that seem so vivid now, but in years to come will fade, by scheduling a 30-minute Holiday mini photo session with Jessica Cunningham Photography. Visit her website at a jessicacunninghamphotos.com to reserve your session time. Spots fill up quickly!
- $125 fee includes CD of all edited images
- Sunday, December 6
- 20% of all fees is donated to the CFEC!
The Suzuki Method is a form of music education that relies on loving encouragement, constant repetition, and parental responsibility to foster musical talent and ability in children. In addition to learning to play the cello, your child will learn valuable skills in discipline and responsibility through the Suzuki method. Private lessons and group class are the two main class components of the Suzuki Program, both of which are required to be enrolled in the program. No prior knowledge or equipment is required to enroll. Just show up for your first lesson and we’ll go from there!
4 years & up (3 year olds will be considered on a case by case basis)
$480 per semester, not including cost of materials (cello rental, music, endpin stopper, rosin)
Please contact Grace to register @ firstname.lastname@example.org
*Grace is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas in and has a BM in Cello Performance from CCM. She is currently pursing her masters degree.
Oct. 28 to Dec. 16
1 to 4 years
A Spanish-centred rhythm and movement class! Each session stimulates the senses, working to strengthen motor control, cognitive skills, social interaction, and language development. This lively program uses drums, shakers and other percussion instruments to target important mind-body skills, such as coordination, listening, creativity, self-expression and independence!
Mondays, 10:30-11:15 - closed
Oct. 26 to Dec. 14
18 to 35 months
Why? Why? Why?
Mushy and messy creative explorations for the child who loves to get their hands goopy! Children are born scientists: they are naturally curious about the world around them, and learn best through hands-on experimentation. Whether we’ll be learning about worms, bubbles, dinosaurs, water, sand, or bugs, each sensorial class is designed to captivate your child’s curious nature and fulfill their natural desire to touch, see and explore. With over 80 percent of high schoolers lacking basic scientific proficiency, begin early instilling a love for science in your little one!
- Friday, November 20, 2015
- 10:30am 12:00pm
Let's focus on all that we have to be thankful for by coming together for a Thankfulness Celebration! Fun age-appropriate activities activities led by our much-loved Miss Keena will be available from 10:30 until noon. Join us!
- Friday, November 20th; 10:30-12:00
- Please bring a canned/boxed food to donate to CAIN
Fridays, Oct. 30 to Dec. 18
10:30 to 11:15
18 months to 5 years
A Spanish Celebration!
Children should begin learning a second language as early as possible because a child’s brain is capable of storing different languages in different areas, something that an adult brain is incapable of. Through simple games, puppetry, and stories and songs already familiar to your child, they will easily become familiar with colors, numbers, and typical daily words and phrases. Come join our fiesta!
Oct. 28 to Dec. 16
2 to 3 years
Montessori Preschool Prep
In this Montessori inspired program toddlers are given the opportunity and materials to explore and discover in keeping with a toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Class activities foster cognitive, speech, and language development, strengthen fine and gross motor skills, teach early grace and courtesy practices, and instill self-help ability in daily life tasks. Comfortable routines will match the toddler’s need for order. Whether working independently on such materials as a color/object match tray or gaining early exposure to social settings as story circle, group snack time, or large motor activities to music, this program is set to bring joy to these inquisitive toddler times!
*To keep class fees down we ask that parents take turns helping out in the classroom.
Halloween Photo Shoot
- Friday, October 23, 2015
- 9:30am 11:45am
We’re scaring up some great fall portraits at the CFEC! Let your child test-drive their Halloween costume and for only $10 you’ll receive a profession digital file and support the center at the same time! Visit www.chrisarmstrong-photography.com to view her portfolio.
Birth With Ease - hypnosis for birth
- Wed, Oct 14, 20156:45pm
Fri, Dec 11, 20159:15pm
- Bethesda North Hospital
Combining positive imagery, hypnosis, affirmations and relaxed breathing, you’ll learn how to eliminate the fear, tension and pain of labor, replacing them with confidence, calm and comfort. Using hypnosis for childbirth is an increasingly popular and effective evidence-based approach to having a baby due to it’s high rate of quick, comfortable, complication-free births.
*8-week series are offered at Bethesda North Hospital. To register you may call 513-4750-4500. Questions about class content or philosophy? Visit The Nixi site or call Sharon at 683-6990.
reastfeeding provides all of baby’s nutrition for the first six months of life, but what next? Learn all of your baby’s signs of readiness for starting solids, some of the best first foods, how to let your baby be a participant in the process, and how to make the process a smooth and easy transition for the whole family. We’ll also discuss when’s, why,’s and how’s of weaning your baby from the breast. Bring your questions, concerns and babies as we talk about this next step in their lives.
Once you have paid for a class, you will be redirected to a registration page. If you miss a class due to illness or travel, you can make it up by trying another class that interests you within the same term; all classes must be used up by the end of term.
August 25 to October 13
2 to 4 years
Themed Art Exploration
Encourage your child to release their inner creativity during our weekly story-themed art classes. We’ll explore with a wide variety of mediums, such as paint, clay, sand, products from nature, and everyday recyclable items. Watch their self-esteem blossom as your child is encouraged to let their imagination run wild! (and no clean-up time for you!)
Mondays, 11:30 - 12:15
August 24 to October 12
2 1/2 to 5 years
Dramatic play encourages children to express themselves through movement, storytelling and imaginative play. It is an enchanting way for little ones to explore their feelings, overcome fears, and build confidence. Your child will love our Imagine That “treasure chest” overflowing with costumes, instruments, and items of make-believe. Each week you and your child can excitedly look forward to our "theme of the day" incorporating games, creative movement, music, and imaginary play! Watch their imaginations soar!
Saturday, August 15; 1:30
$10/single or couple
Your baby’s getting to be a toddler and still wants to breastfeed. You might not see an end in sight and you keep getting questions like, “Why are you still breastfeeding?” There are many, many reasons to keep breastfeeding past one year and beyond, and they can benefit both you and your baby in physical and psychological ways. Bring your questions, concerns and your babies, as you discover the joys of Extended Breastfeeding. Facilitated by Wendy McHale, IBCLC.
Individual $10.00 USD Couple $10.00 USD Option 3 $10.00 USD
Saturday, Aug. 29; 12:45; taught by family therapist, Missy Tepe
$10/single or couple
Sibling relationships are among the deepest that people ever have; they are also among the most enduring. A sibling is one of the best gifts you can give your child, although introducing a new baby can be daunting and an ever-changing challenge. In this workshop we’ll explore the essential ingredients of supportive sibling relationships. Discover ways to help your children deal with their feelings about each other, specific methods for helping siblings understand each other, and ways for them to express their negative feelings to each other without doing damage. Learn techniques to help your children create positive supportive bonds with each other to develop the relationship you as a parent want your children to have with each other now and as adults.
TREE OF LIFE PRENATAL YOGA
Tree of Life is a prenatal yoga class (husbands/partners encouraged!).Yoga is an ideal way for pregnant moms (and partners!) to powerfully connect emotionally and physically with their little ones. You’ll increase your flexibility, strength, circulation, balance, and inner peace, allowing Mom to adapt more gracefully to the many physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. The ability to be present and breathe into the sensations of stretching or of holding a pose allows for the type of yielding, opening and letting go that directly applies to the experience of birthing and new parenting. Enjoy the unique camaraderie with other women and couples that only parenthood brings!
Email Keena @ email@example.com to join a Fall series
Adults only please
Cost: $10/class/woman, or $15/couple
A local pediatric team will be covering a variety of topics concerning children's teeth and dental health during this fun workshop. Topics will include teething and suggested comfort remedies, the eruption of baby and permanent teeth, keeping gums and teeth healthy and clean, the diet's impact, the fluoride controversy, benefits of sealants, and dental emergencies.
- Saturday, September 26 @ 12:45
- donations graciously accepted