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Parent Education through Parent Child Participation:

Parents attend, observe, and interact with their child in a pre-school setting. This program is a safe, structured, yet flexible environment providing age-appropriate activities to stimulate cognitive, social, and emotional development of the toddler to pre-kindergarten child. Children completing the program are equipped to enter kindergarten with confidence.

* Program runs September-June, with registration each trimester.


Due to limited enrollment, registration is on a first-come, first served basis.


Proof of current immunizations is required before a child may attend a Parent Education class. The immunizations required for school enrollment: DPT or DT, MMR, Hepatitis B, Hib and Varicella. An adult must have a current tuberculosis clearance. Verification of vaccination and/or immunity to influenza, pertussis, and measles must be provided before you are allowed to interact with pre-school age children in the district.

Parent Education Classes and Registration Fee

Two-Year Olds

This class provides parents with a forum to discuss the many developmental demands of parenting the two-year old. Discussion topics include: Routines, Building Math Skills, Science, Sensory Play, Potty Training, the Importance of Reading and more. Toddlers participate in circle time, outdoor play and various hands-on activities based on themes surrounding the alphabet, math and science. You and your toddler will also participate in field trips that will extend the learning outside the classroom. There will be additional fees for field trips.

Cost: $149
Days: Weds
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Three-Year Olds

This unique program allows parents to observe and interact with their preschooler in class each Tuesday. Discussion topics focus on: the three-year old ages and stages, discipline, reading readiness, self-esteem and more. Thursday lab classes provide an opportunity for children to work in small groups, develop independence, engage in creative and sensory play and foster social skills. In addition, various field trips are scheduled in order to extend the learning outside the classroom.

Cost: $199
Days: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
           Thursdays 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Pre-K Entering Kindergarten – September

This invaluable Pre-K program closely models the Downey Unified School District’s kindergarten experience for the child and will facilitate a smooth transition into kindergarten the following year. Class curriculum for the children aligns with the California Common Core Standards. For the parent, there are weekly discussion sessions led by the instructor covering topics such as building social skills, effective discipline, reading readiness, facilitating your child’s growing independence and preparing for kindergarten. Field trips, guest speakers, and a complete kindergarten readiness assessment are also part of this essential pre-K class.

Cost: $249
Days: Tuesdays/Wednesdays 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
           Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Important Policies

  • All adults attending class must be registered. This is not negotiable.
  • All children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Parent Education Department Instructors

Diane Chism has been teaching Parent Education for many years at Downey Adult School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from California State University of Fullerton.

Adrienne Montalvan holds holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of La Verne. She has been heavily vested in the Mommy/Daddy and Me program for over nine years, and has three wonderful young daughters who are graduates of the program.

Dania Cuevas, B.A. in Psychology from Cal State, L.A. and M.A. in Occupational Studies from Cal State, Long Beach.

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The Downey Adult School Career and Education Center, an institution of higher education, provides high-quality, relevant, and accessible programs for adults in a variety of areas.
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