MOUNT VERNON -- Knox County Head Start announces “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child,” a free parenting training for expectant parents and parents of infants and toddlers and their extended family caretakers, provided with funding support from the United Way of Knox County. The two-hour session will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at New Hope Early Education Center, 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon.
Renee Sutherland, LISW-S, Child Mental Health Coordinator for Knox County Head Start, will present this training on helping your child learn good sleep habits at a young age. Good sleeping habits are important to children’s physical and emotional well-being. This training will help parents learn effective strategies for helping their infant or toddler learn to accept bed time as a part of the daily routine and to learn the skill of falling asleep on their own. As a part of this training, participants will learn what typical sleep patterns to expect for specific ages, how to gradually push back sleep time to an earlier hour, and ways to help your child come to see bed time as a positive part of their day.
Sutherland, a Certified Conscious Discipline instructor and an Early Child Mental Health Specialist, trains parents and educators throughout the state of Ohio. She is doing training in Chicago at Head Start Region V annual professional development conference and trained in Kansas City last April at the National Head Start Conference. Since 2005, she has presented trainings to over 500 parents and extended family here in Knox County. With her goal of “helping parents be the best they can be for their children,” this training promises to provide valuable information and ideas that parents can utilize.
Knox County Head Start will provide free child care and dinner for parents and children during the session. To help attendees defray transportation costs, participants will receive a stipend at the end of the training. Call 397-1344 to register.
Published on November 11, 2011