Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County Offering Skills for Parenting in the Early Years

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By Lesley DeVoss—

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County secured an Early Years Initiative grant which focuses on new, enhanced, or expanded programs and projects as well as projects that influence healthy brain development and the development of physical, social-emotional, and cognitive skills in infants and toddlers (birth to age 3). The Muncie-Henry County CareerLink team, in collaboration with the Early Childhood Education Department, is offering a free eight-week skills training class called “Skills for Parenting in the Early Years”. 

This class will include:

  • Safe sleep
  • Pediatric first aid and CPR
  • How to select high-quality childcare
  • Mental health for baby and parents
  • Conscious discipline
  • Working through challenging behaviors such as biting and hitting with toddlers
  • Access to research-based information on raising children. 

Each week families will build knowledge and skills to be able to implement safe, supportive learning and developmental outcomes for their young child at home. 

Families will be provided with a hot dinner and there will be weekly giveaways such as diapers, safety kits, infant sleep sacks, toddler board books, and additional educational resources. If families complete the full eight-week skills training, they will be provided with a new infant car seat and a certified car seat installer will be on-site that day to install them in the families’ vehicles. 

This eight-week skills training class is free for each family. Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County’s first section is open to first time pregnant mothers. The class begins May 2, 2024, and will run through June 20, 2024. Register today at https://forms.gle/DvQ88rxzPMvZPpbQA.

If you have any questions about this opportunity contact Erin Donovan, Department Chair for Early Childhood Education, at edonovan2@ivytech.edu. To learn more about Ivy Tech Muncie-Henry County and the programs offered visit online at ivytech.edu/muncie or email askmuncie@ivytech.edu. 

Lesley DeVoss is Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at Ivy Tech Community College Muncie/Henry County. 

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns to the needs of the community. The College provides seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out-of-state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. Follow Ivy Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information.