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Baby & Beyond: Parents attend Parent University to help children


Many moms and dads want assistance on how to positively parent.

A program, called "Parent University" is helping families better understand how to prepare their young children for school.

Its the final day of classes for this group of parents.

They've now wrapped up a series of weekly one-on-one sessions about parenting.

They've learned everything from how to manage their child's behavior, nutrition, to child safety issues. This particular program is connected to the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

"We did have a target audience in the public housing area and went and knocked on doors and said we got this wonderful parent program starting up and said would you like to join us and we got our 11 families that way," program director Candace Baker said.

Lakeisha Thomas is one of the parents who took part in the program.

"It was a great experience for us. Just being around different parents and different babies and spending a lot of quality time with my seven month old," she said.

"I am a single parent so I felt like this would be something very great for me and it was. What have learned, I learned a lot today actually about safety and fires."

Organizers say the Parent University program has helped to meet a critical need for parents.

"Parents want so much assistant very often and they don't have many places to turn to so if they can turn to each other and to others who know a lot about parents they will do that themselves and make some great decisions for their families," Dean of the School of Social Work Dr. Richard Barth said.


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