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Parent Education through Parent Child Participation:

Parents attend, observe, and interact with their child in a cooperative 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 demands of parenting the two-year old. Discussion topics include: Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development Routines, Building Early Math and Literacy Skills, Sensory Play, Potty Training, 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: $199
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Please note: Parent Discussions will be scheduled online for the Fall Session

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

Please note: Parent Discussions will be scheduled online for the Fall Session

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 DUSD’s commitment to 21st Century Learning. For the parent, it allows a unique opportunity to partner and learn alongside your child while fostering their independence. There are weekly discussion sessions led by the instructor covering topics such as building social skills, effective discipline, advocacy in the classroom, 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: $299
Days: Tuesdays/Wednesdays 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
           Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Please note: Parent Discussions will be scheduled online for the Fall Session

Virtual Music and Story Time

Ages 2-5 

This completely virtual class provides you and your child with a safe and fun experience from the comfort of their own home. The teachers of the Parent Education Through Parent Child Participation program will lead a 30-minute zoom session each week with stories and songs that the whole family can enjoy. Stories/Music will be geared towards our toddler – preschool aged population and is a great way to introduce yourself to our amazing program, or just get a little more time with your PC teachers.

Cost: $20
Days: Saturdays
Time: 10:00-10:30 a.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

Paty Chew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Educational Psychology and a teaching credential in Family Education. She attended the Parent Ed program with each of her 4 children and has been on the teaching team for several years.

Kora Manzano-Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Development and a Minor in Studio Art from Sonoma State University. She has been involved with the Parent Participation Program beginning as a student herself.

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