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Free parenting workshop begins Dec. 14

A free series of parenting workshops designed to help parents understand their child's developmental needs is open for registration through the New Directions Institute (NDI). The organization will host 1-2-3-4 Parents!, an active parenting workshop, funded by First Things First Yavapai Region, which also will provide parents and caregivers with effective ways to communicate.

The classes take place Dec. 14-28 at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin St. Child care is provided at no cost to participants. For more information or to register, call Salli Maxwell at 928-443-1991 ext. 2040.

Parents will learn how to encourage healthy brain development and help foster positive social skills in their children. Each class features interactive exercises and group discussion so that parents and caregivers learn how to work through even the most challenging of children's behaviors.

"Parents find, after taking the class, they not only understand how to deal more effectively with their toddler's tantrums, but also learn techniques to prevent them from happening in the first place," said Salli Maxwell, a Prescott area mother and a New Directions Institute educator. "The ages from 1 to 4 are explained in ways that help parents understand what their child's 'job' is. We discuss how caregivers can best meet the challenges at each stage of brain development so their children can thrive. Anyone who interacts with young children will benefit from this class."

Through strategies such as parenting education, First Things First works to ensure Arizona children from birth to age 5 have what they need to be healthy and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. For more information about First Things First, visit www.azftf.gov.

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