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Free classes offer parents support, strategies

Parenting isn’t easy, but thanks to Family Stepping Stones, families can get the help they need through several free classes.

All classes will be provided at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families, at 18905 Portland Ave. To register, call Chelsea Hamilton at 503-496-5764 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monthly, drop-in classes are available throughout the school year for families with specific information depending on the age of one’s children. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and bring their toughest questions. Families may attend any or all of these classes. Free dinner and childcare are always provided.

Incredible Infants

For new moms and their infants under 6 months old, a weekly 10-week course is offered on Wednesdays from Sept. 18 through Nov. 20 on a space-available basis. (Grandmothers also welcome.) A free light lunch is provided. Register in advance to find out class times. Classes include: Infant massage, encouraging infant development, self-care, understanding your unique baby, the importance of play, family life and guiding your mobile baby.

Beautiful Babies

This class for parents with children under 18 months meets first Thursdays from October through May. Topics include child development and milestones, parenting styles, self-care, sleeping, feeding and playing with your baby.

Terrific Toddlers

This class for parents with children 18 months to 3 years old meets second Thursdays from October through May. Topics include toilet training, child safety, positive discipline strategies, learning through play, and ways to encourage language and social development.

Growing Up

This class for parents with children age 3 to 6 years old meets third Thursdays from October to May. Topics include school readiness and adjustments, healthy screen time and nutrition, love languages, and positive sibling and peer relationships.



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