Ann Marie Read
Area of Instruction
Child & Family Studies
Degrees & Classes
BTC's Childbirth and Parenting education program is designed to educate and support individuals in their role as parents or caretakers of children.
The program incorporates positive parenting skills with a child development knowledge base that promotes strong and healthy families.
The program recognizes parenting as an important occupation that requires education, experience, knowledge, thought, energy, and concern.
The various parenting courses offered provide instruction in the principles of child development and specific parenting skills and prepare individuals for their dual role of parent/wage earner.
The value of Parenting Education at BTC is that participation in the various parenting courses contributes to the development of children into healthy, mature adults and helps build strong families. Course goals vary depending on the particular course but all include developing realistic age-level expectations.
Early Learning providers are in demand. They work in a variety of settings from in the home to public and private settings.
Childcare provider, child caregiver, aide, child care worker attendant, au pair
|CHFM 105||Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting||2 credits|
This traditional course covers the full spectrum of pregnancy, labor and birth, newborn care, postpartum and parenting, and is designed for those who want to focus on their pregnancy and parenting while building relationships with other pregnant families. Information about the last trimester of pregnancy, labor and birth including comfort and coping techniques, newborn care and feeding, and the challenges and rewards of parenting will be covered. A postpartum session (reunion) with parents and babies is included.
|CHFM 106||Pregnancy & Childbirth||1 credits|
A condensed version of our traditional series, this shorter series focuses on healthy pregnancy and birth and is great as a refresher option. Information on pregnancy, labor and birth, and comfort and coping techniques will be covered. There will be limited information on newborns, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period presented, and less time to practice skills in class. A postpartum session (reunion) with parents and babies is included.
|CHFM 107||Prep. For Childbirth: Weekend Condensed||1 credits|
This weekend course is designed for the pregnant woman and her support person whose schedule prevents them from taking the eight session course. The weekend format will provide a quick overview of late pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, as well as breathing and relaxation methods to make childbirth easier.
|CHFM 109||HypnoBirthing||1 credits|
This five session course for women and their partners is designed for those seeking preparation for a safe, satisfying, natural birth. Information about the process of labor and birth is covered, with emphasis on eliminating fears and building trust in women's inherent ability to give birth. Using techniques like visualization, guided imagery, and special breathing patterns, women learn to achieve deep relation. With HypnoBirthing, women remain aware, fully in control, but profoundly relaxed.
|CHFM 111||Understanding Birth eClass||1 credits|
This hybrid childbirth preparation class offers you the best of both worlds: the flexibility of an online curriculum as well as two classroom sessions for you to practice labor support techniques and connect with other pregnant families. The self-paced online portion of the class uses text, film clips and interactive tools to teach basic information about pregnancy, the labor process, medical procedures, babies, and breastfeeding. During the two classroom sessions you will receive the support and knowledge of a local experienced instructor who can answer your questions, demonstrate numerous hands-on labor support techniques, provide feedback about your progress, and connect you with local resources. This is a great class for those with schedule conflicts or on bed rest, and is a great refresher class for those who already took a childbirth preparation class with first baby.
|CHFM 119||Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond||0.5 credits|
Breastfeeding offers a baby an optimal start in life and provides lifelong health benefits. Breastfeeding is an integral part of the natural continuum of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. Accurate information and support are essential for a breastfeeding mother. This course is designed to provide the expectant woman and her support person(s) basic information necessary to initiate and to sustain breastfeeding, for as long as desired. Topics covered will include: breastfeeding resources, role of the support person(s), preparation and getting started, responding to challenges in the early postpartum period and beyond, including mother-baby separation and pumping, and answers to personal questions.
|CHFM 101||Updates in Childbirth Education/Pre-Parenting||1 credits|
Update sessions on topics related to pregnancy care, emotional/social issues of pregnancy, labor and birth practices.
|CHFM 121||Baby 'N Me (1-7 months)||2 credits|
The first year of life is an exciting one for baby and parents. This course is designed to offer support and encouragement in the fulfillment of this magnificent role as parent and provide an opportunity to meet and share with other parents of young babies. Topics of discussion include child development, toy selection, sleep patterns, games and songs, and strategies for preventing parent burnout. Babies remain with their parents during the 8 sessions.
|CHFM 122||Baby 'N Me (8-12 months)||2 credits|
As your children transition from infancy, the parenting issues you face change. This course provides a safe, inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet other parents, build relationships and find answers to your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion topics such as emerging language, safety, nutrition, and beginning discipline. Babies explore in the same room and make new friends while you gain valuable support and current information on raising an older infant.
|CHFM 123||Moms, Dads, and Babies||1 credits|
Starting a new family is joyful and often stressful. Here is a chance for moms and dads to share with other parents/caregivers in a safe and stimulating environment while playing with their babies. Topics include but are not limited to: sleep patterns, infant development, adjusting to parenting, games and songs and starting solids.
|CHFM 131||Exploring with Toddlers: Ones||2 credits|
Connect with your child through play and exploration together in our activity-filled classroom while meeting new families. Watch your child scoop seeds at our sensory table, paint and sculpt in our art area, and climb and throw in our gross motor room. Circle time includes songs, movement, and early literacy activities. New parent-chosen topics each quarter guide our discussion groups as we talk about themes related to development, temperament, guiding behavior, and caring for yourself and your one-year old.
|CHFM 132||Exploring with Toddlers: Twos||2 credits|
Build community with other families while your child learns socialization skills in our preschool-like classroom. Twos love to cook in our home center, build with blocks, dress up in costumes, and explore art, math, and science activities. Outside, kids dig in the sand, slide, and ride trikes. Circle time activities include songs, stories and musical instruments. Parents/caregivers choose new discussion topics each quarter, such as two-year old development, behavior guidance, toilet training, and temper tantrums.
|CHFM 135||More Than One||2 credits|
Form lasting connections with other families while your children's imagination, curiosity and creativity soar. Kids can explore the dress up area, the sensory table, the home center, a variety of multi-age art, math, science and group activities as well as explore outdoors. Parents/caregivers choose their discussion topics such as sibling rivalry, balancing family needs, and positive discipline. This class is for families with multiple children (birth to 5 years) or those with a preschool-aged child without siblings.
|CHFM 140||Raising Toddlers and Preschoolers||1 credits|
During the first five years of life, children change rapidly and dramatically. Parents and caregivers are adjusting too! As your child's first and most influential teacher, you will develop skills to guide and encourage your child as he/she grows. Join this course for gaining information on understanding young children and their behavior, building self-esteem, effective communication, cooperation, discipline techniques, and emotional and social development.
|CHFM 141||Raising School Age Children||1 credits|
Being an effective parent/caregiver can be challenging as well as rewarding. This course will provide a practical approach to improving adult/child relations for parents/caregivers of children ages 6-11 years. Topics cover normal child development including dealing with "tweens"; encouraging cooperation and responsibility; avoiding power struggles and communicating with your child about drugs, alcohol, sexuality and media. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in an online discussion board.
|CHFM 142||Positive Discipline: Parenting Teenagers||2 credits|
Parenting teenagers is one of the most challenging tasks of raising children today. To provide guidance through the often turbulent adolescent years, parents need a practical down-to-earth philosophy that can help them understand the motivations of their teens. Join this course which will provide you with more effective ways to communicate with your teen, plus learn methods to develop responsible behavior and high self-esteem in your teenager.
|CHFM 148||Positive Discipline: Creating a Cooperative Family||2 credits|
This is an interactive class for parents who want more cooperative, respectful and joyful relationships with their children. In class you will explore ways to: discipline (teach) with kindness and firmness at the same time, help children achieve self-discipline and problem solving skills, create an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect in your home, and reduce power struggles. Choose a 'Positive Discipline' book by Jane Nelson related to your child's age. Some available in the BTC campus store.
|CHFM 160||Love and Logic for Successful Parenting||1 credits|
Based on the highly acclaimed Love and Logic philosophy developed by Jim Fay and Foster Cline, this class unlocks the secrets of successful parenting. Participants in this class will learn the specific "how-to's" of successful parenting, not just theoretical concepts. The discussions and readings will provide parents with specific, tangible skills to use and a mind-set that allows them to develop a loving relationship while setting limits and boundaries.
|CHFM 170||Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids||1 credits|
Based on the book, “What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child Without Going Mad,” this course is designed to help parents understand their child’s emotions, and many of the problematic behaviors that can be associated with children’s intense feelings. Parents will learn tools to help their children express emotions in healthy ways, to manage their feelings in a way that allows them to solve problems effectively, and to help children build the skills to become emotionally resilient in today’s world. In addition, parents will explore how their own style of managing their emotions and conflict impacts parenting.
A variety of pre-parenting Childbirth Education, Adult/Child and Adult-Only parenting discussion courses are offered each quarter.
Participants can register for their course of interest. Half scholarships are generally available.
Students are encouraged to take as many different parenting courses as they wish as their child grows and changes.
Some Adult discussion courses are now offered partially or fully online.
Adult/Child classes for parents or caregivers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are offered quarterly and participants can continue on in these classes as their child grows.
Adult discussion classes are offered either in a Saturday workshop format or one evening a week for several weeks and topics vary from quarter to quarter.
Participants can enter the courses at the beginning of any quarter.