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Child and Family Resource Network to hold parenting classes in Brookings, Watertown in June

The Child and Family Resource Network at South Dakota State University will hold four parenting classes during the month of June to focus on helping parents discover what their children’s behaviors could mean.

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“Understanding Me Up to Age 3” is a four-week class series that helps parents understand the world from a child’s perspective in order to respond in ways that encourage and enhance a child’s development.

“Young children tell us what they are thinking, learning and feeling through their behaviors. Understanding these behaviors can help you find out what your child is telling you,” said Kami Bartels, training specialist with the Child and Family Resource Network.

The free classes will be offered in Brookings at the Pugsley Center from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, and in Watertown at the Beacon Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Classes in Brookings will have an optional Zoom link for remote learning.

The schedule of classes includes:

• June 1 (Watertown) and June 7 (Brookings) – Why I Do What I Do: This class explains your child’s behavior as they think, learn and feel with strategies to encourage a child’s development.

• June 8 (Watertown) and June 14 (Brookings) – Keep Me Safe: This class give tips to make homes a safe place for children to grow and learn.

• June 15 (Watertown) and June 21 (Brookings) – How I Learn: This class provides tips and tools to encourage a child’s natural desire to learn.

• June 29 (Watertown) and June 28 (Brookings) – Help Me Manage My Feelings: This class provides insight on guiding and encouraging a child through the stressful moments of growing up.

Registration is required by calling 605-688-5730, emailing the Child and Family Resource Network at or clicking here.

The certificate awarded for course completion is approved by Court Services and the Department of Social Services.