Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Parenting Education

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 recognize s 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.

Jobs & Employment

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

Potential Positions

Childcare provider, child caregiver, aide, child care worker attendant, au pair


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Courses are from the 2020-21 Catalog


  • CHFM 105Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting

    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.

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    1/12-3/2Online SLOCUM COpenings: 12
  • CHFM 106Pregnancy & Childbirth

    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.

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    11/10-12/8Online SLOCUM COpenings: 10
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    1/6-2/3Online COGGINS COpenings: 12
    2/22-3/22Online SLOCUM COpenings: 12
    3/24-4/21Online COGGINS COpenings: 12
  • CHFM 107Prep. For Childbirth: Weekend Condensed

    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.

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    12/5-12/6Online COGGINS COpenings: 12
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    1/23-1/24Online COGGINS COpenings: 12
    2/27-2/28Online SLOCUM COpenings: 12
  • CHFM 101VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

    Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) is a safe and viable option for many women who have had a prior cesarean. This one-session class will review current research to help you and your partner understand the risks and benefits of both VBAC and repeat cesarean birth. Participants will learn coping and comfort techniques to prepare for each stage of labor, and how to navigate the hurdles you may face as you pursue a VBAC.

  • CHFM 112Hypnotic Childbirth

    Learn how to get your body and mind to work for you in one of the most incredible experiences of your life. This five-week online course is designed to help women overcome their fear of the birthing process and to build trust in women’s inherent ability to give birth. Extensive exercises in relaxation, visualization, and overcoming obstacles include the best self-hypnosis techniques to achieve an optimal state of mind for labor and birth. The online forum allows for self-paced learning while still connecting with others.

    Future Offerings
    1/25-3/1Online RIPPER DOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 119Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond

    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.

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    11/14Online FOLLET LOpenings: 5
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    1/23Online FOLLET LOpenings: 20
    2/20Online FOLLET LOpenings: 20
    3/20Online FOLLET LOpenings: 20
  • CHFM 120Bringing Baby Home

    Our Bringing Baby Home workshop is a research-based and research tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this workshop is perfect for those who are expecting a baby, or already parenting an infant (up to age 1). In this workshop, you and your partner will learn how to strengthen your friendship, increase intimacy and affection, work through conflict with greater ease, create positive baby-child interactions, and ensure quality involvement for both parents. The cost of this course includes the Bringing Baby Home Workbook and materials.

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    11/2-11/25Online EIFORD GWaitlisted: 2
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    1/4-1/25Online EIFORD GOpenings: 10
    2/2-2/18Online EIFORD GOpenings: 12
    3/8-3/24Online EIFORD GOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 121Baby 'N Me (1-7 months)

    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.

    Future Offerings
    9/30-11/25Online READ AMOpenings: 1
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    1/25-3/22Online READ AMOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 122Baby 'N Me (8-12 months)

    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.

    Future Offerings
    1/27-3/17Online READ AMOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 131Exploring with Toddlers: Ones

    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.

    Future Offerings
    1/11-3/29Online READ AMOpenings: 12
    1/12-3/16Online BURKE COpenings: 12
  • CHFM 132Exploring with Toddlers: Twos

    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 135More Than One

    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.

    Future Offerings
    1/13-3/17Online READ AMOpenings: 12
    1/14-3/18Online READ AMOpenings: 12
    1/15-3/19Online READ AMOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 140Raising Toddlers and Preschoolers

    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 141Raising School Age Children

    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.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/28Online BURKE COpenings: 12
    2/4-2/25Online BURKE COpenings: 12
    3/4-3/25Online BURKE COpenings: 12
  • CHFM 143Raising Teens

    The teen years are full of changes for both the adolescent and the parents. This class will explore the brain changes that are occurring that explain some teen behaviors and give strategies to create and maintain a mutually respectful, loving relationship between parents and their teen. Topics discussed will be decided by the group but may include communication, respectful listening, sexuality, drug use, suicide prevention, bullying, rebellious behaviors, and positive relationships with peers.

    Future Offerings
    2/2-2/16Online READ AMOpenings: 12
  • CHFM 160Love and Logic for Successful Parenting

    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 170Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids

    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.

  • CHFM 138Men & Children

    These Saturday morning workshops are designed for toddlers and preschoolers to bring an important man in their life (father, stepfather, uncle, grandfather, etc.) to a morning of activities, music, and books. Participants will spend the class time interacting with their important toddler or preschooler.


Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?

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.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?

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?

  1. Apply to BTC

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

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Ann Marie Read

Area of Instruction

Child & Family Studies

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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 acut...

    • 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

Area of Instruction

Child & Family Studies

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Michelle Malone joined the BTC parenting education team in 2013. She has a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education, a Masters Degree in Geology, and ...

    • 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.

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Roxanne Rose-Duckworth

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Roxann Rose-Duckworth taught in elementary classrooms for twelve years in New York, Idaho and Washington states. Now she teaches parenting courses at ...

    • Roxann Rose-Duckworth taught in elementary classrooms for twelve years in New York, Idaho and Washington states. Now she teaches parenting courses at Bellingham Technical College and Rebound of Whatcom County as well as a wide array of education courses at Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College and Skagit Valley College. Roxann has found much success using the Love and Logic principles in parenting and in classrooms. In 1996, the Walt Disney's American Teacher Awards honored Roxann as one of three exemplary general elementary teachers. Roxann has worked as an educational consultant to the Disney Company and various school districts. She is the author of two books, one that focuses on helping teachers increase their students' independence. Roxann lives in Bellingham with her husband and son.

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Elizabeth Diaz

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Elizabeth Diaz has taught childbirth education classes in the program cosponsored by BTC and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center since summer, 2015....

    • Elizabeth Diaz has taught childbirth education classes in the program cosponsored by BTC and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center since summer, 2015. She has her RN degree from Skagit Valley College and will complete her BSN in Nursing in December, 2015 from Western Washington University. Elizabeth is certified through Great Starts of Seattle as a Childbirth Educator. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has worked as an RN in SeaMar’s Maternity Support Services Program since 2014. Elizabeth is the mother of two children.