written by Alexandra Wade


Our CE Highlight this month is Brighter Beginnings, a WDMCS Community Education program for parents who live within the WDMCS district boundaries and want to expand and develop their parenting skills. Children and infants are born learners, and parents can be their most influential teachers. Brighter Beginnings teachers parents to build on that relationship by pairing them with professional educators who offer guidance about effectively teaching and nurturing children.

Classes are divided by the age of the child, and parents and children attend together. Each class is divided into two parts: parent/child education activities and parent time. During parent time, quality childcare is provided so parents can discuss different parenting topics and issues with educators.

TODDLER I (12-24 MONTHS) Tuesdays 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
TODDLER II (2-3 1/2 YEARS) Tuesdays 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays 10:45 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

The second session of Brighter Beginnings is from Feb. 2, 2015—May 8, 2015. Registration begins on Dec. 15, 2014. Interested parents should register by filling out a registration card and returning it to WDMCS Community Education, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5556. Separate registration cards are required for each individual session. For more information, parents can contact Sonja LeSher, the Brighter Beginnings Program Coordinator.