Parenting Education

Parenting Education - Certificate - Early Learning

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.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

A variety of pre-parenting Childbirth Education, Adult/Child and Adult-Only parenting discussion courses are offered each quarter. Some Adult discussion courses are now offered partially or fully online. 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.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

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.

What are My Next Steps?


  • CHFM 105Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting0 CR
  • CHFM 106Pregnancy & Childbirth0 CR
  • CHFM 107Prep. For Childbirth: Weekend Condensed0 CR
  • CHFM 101VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean0 CR
  • CHFM 112Hypnotic Childbirth0 CR
  • CHFM 119Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond0 CR
  • CHFM 120Bringing Baby Home0 CR
  • CHFM 121Baby 'N Me (1-7 months)0 CR
  • CHFM 122Baby 'N Me (8-12 months)0 CR
  • CHFM 131Exploring with Toddlers: Ones0 CR
  • CHFM 132Exploring with Toddlers: Twos0 CR
  • CHFM 135More Than One0 CR
  • CHFM 140Raising Toddlers and Preschoolers0 CR
  • CHFM 141Raising School Age Children0 CR
  • CHFM 143Raising Teens0 CR
  • CHFM 160Love and Logic for Successful Parenting0 CR
  • CHFM 170Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids0 CR
  • CHFM 138Men & Children0 CR

Program Outcomes

  • Plan safe, healthy environments to invite learning
  • Facilitate steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
  • Create positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
  • Develop strategies to establish productive relationships with children and families
  • Observe and record children’s behavior
  • Apply principles of child growth and development

Employment Outlook

Early Learning providers are in demand. They work in a variety of settings from in the home to public and private settings.

They can work as childcare provider, child caregiver, aide, child care worker attendant, au pair.

Faculty & Support

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Ann Marie Read

Ann Marie has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has over 20 years of experience providing nursing care to acutely ill children and adults in both pediatric and adult emergency department settings. She is dedicated to supporting new healthcare workers and enthusiastically brings her professional knowledge to the classroom.

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Michelle Malone

Michelle Malone joined the BTC parenting education team in 2013. She has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, a Masters Degree in Geology, and is pursuing certification in Parenting Education. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of early childhood, elementary, secondary, and adult education settings, including working with students with special needs and English Language Learners. Her parenting philosophy focuses on building strong parent-child relationships with empathy, compassion, and positive discipline techniques. Michelle is a mother of two young children.