Workshops offered to parents of young children

Easter Seals Children’s Development Center on Turner Street is sponsoring a new series of FREE, one-hour workshops addressing timely issues facing parents and caregivers of young children. The Parents of Young Children Series will be held every Thursday evening in April, beginning April 1 with “Showing Love through Limit Setting,” presented by Jamie Redders, LCPC.

The workshops are open to all families with young children (age 5 and younger) and will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Easter Seals Children’s Development Center on Turner, 4848-1/2 Turner St. (lower level of the Unitarian Universalist Church, adjacent to Rockford College). Free childcare including a light meal will be provided to children of attendees. Reservations are required if bringing children; call 398-0826 by March 29.

“April is the Month of the Young Child, and this is our way of celebrating and supporting families in our community,” said Gretchen Shallenberger, director of childcare services at Easter Seals Children’s Development Center. “We encourage families to see us not only as a trusted source for child care and preschool, but also as an educational resource for practical parenting information and ideas.”

Upcoming workshops include “It’s a Scary World: How to Protect Your Child” by Dr. Julia Klco, psychologist, on April 8; “Practical Tips for Potty Training” by a panel of experts including Dr. William Hutt, pediatrician, on April 15; “The Mealtime Battlefield” by Ann Sammons, dietician, on April 22; and “Why Doesn’t My Child Talk – Is Something Wrong?” by Ann Guedet, speech pathologist, on April 29. For more information on the Parents of Young Children Series and directions to the center, call 398-0826 or visit

Founded 36 years ago, Easter Seals Children’s Development Center is the premier provider in northwest Illinois of child care, developmental, therapeutic, and parenting support services. Children’s Development Center on Turner offers part-time, full-time, and drop-in care for all children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, including those with special needs, as well as a preschool curriculum based on Early Learning Standards. A state subsidy program is also available. For information and tours, call 397-0826 or visit

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