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

Courses

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Courses are from the 2019-20 Catalog

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Entry Information

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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


Caregiving/Long Term Care Aide

Contact Info


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Background


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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

Contact Info


MMalone@btc.edu
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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.