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Child and Parent Center - Fall 2015 Schedule and Registration



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You can find a complete SCHEDULE and CLASS DESCRIPTIONS below.

 

If you have any questions, especially questions about choosing the best group for your child, please feel free to call us at 215-829-5555 or email CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu.

 

Fall Classes and Playgroups

To enroll in a playgroup, simply click on the link in your group listing below and fill out the electronic registration request form.Select a group according to your child's age as of 9/1/15.

 

Exploring Parenthood (3 weeks-3 months)

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with babies 3 weeks-3 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about baby care, infant sleep and feeding patterns, tummy time, soothing your baby, creating a daily routine, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones. Discuss topics such as returning to work, changes in family relationships, decisions about childcare, and balancing the demands of work and family. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun! Class Fee: $360 for full 12-week session/$195 for 6-week mini-session designed for moms returning to work after maternity leave.
Click HERE to register.

 


Sitters & Shakers (3-6 months)

Fridays, 1:00-2:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with babies 3-6 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Babies will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys and play activities in a baby-friendly indoor playspace. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about baby care, infant sleep, feeding and napping patterns, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones. Discuss topics such as returning to work, changes in family relationships, decisions about childcare, and balancing the demands of work and family. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun!

Class Fee: $360.
Click HERE to register.

 


Sitters & Shakers (3-6 months)

Thursdays, 1:00-2:15

Discussion & playgroup for parents with babies 3-6 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Babies will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys and play activities in a baby-friendly indoor playspace. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about baby care, infant sleep, feeding and napping patterns, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones. Discuss topics such as returning to work, changes in family relationships, decisions about childcare, and balancing the demands of work and family. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun!

Class Fee: $300.
Click HERE to register.

 


Creepers & Crawlers (5-8 months)

Mondays, 12:30-1:45

Discussion and playgroup for parents with babies 5-8 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about baby care, sleep and feeding patterns, solid foods and finger foods, childproofing, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones like sitting & crawling, stranger anxiety, separation anxiety, and attachment. Discuss topics such as returning to work, changes in family relationships, decisions about childcare, and balancing the demands of work and family. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun!

Class Fee: $300.
Click HERE to register.

 


Crawlers & Cruisers (8-11 months)

Mondays, 12:30-2:00

Discussion & playgroup for parents with babies 8-11 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys, group snack-time, and play activities in a baby-friendly indoor playspace. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about sleep and nap patterns, nutrition and finger foods, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones like cruising and walking, separation anxiety, language development, and childproofing. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun! Class Fee: $330.
Click HERE to register.

 

 

Crawlers & Cruisers (7-11 months)

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45

Discussion & playgroup for parents with babies 7-11 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys and play activities in a baby-friendly indoor playspace. Become more self-confident as a parent when you get answers to questions about sleep and nap patterns, solid foods and finger foods, and your baby's physical, social, and emotional milestones like cruising and walking, separation anxiety, language development, and childproofing. Learn how to engage your child and nurture your baby's development through play. Meet other Center City parents and build friendships for your new family. Learn from expert child development instructors who create a sense of trust, support, community, and fun!

Class Fee: $300.
Click HERE to register.

 


Teetering Toddlers (12-15 months)

Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00 from 9/15-10/31
and 9:30-11:30 from 11/1-12/8

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 12-15 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, toddler-proofing, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community. Class Fee: $380.  
Click HERE to register.

 


Teetering Toddlers (12-15 months)

Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00 from 9/15-10/27

and 9:30-11:30 from 11/3-12/8

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 12-15 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, toddler-proofing, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $380
Click HERE to register.

 

 

Teetering Toddlers (12-15 months)

Thursdays, 10:30-12:00 from 9/17-10/29

and 9:30-11:30 from 11/5-12/10

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 12-15 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, toddler-proofing, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $380

Click HERE to register.

 


Toddlers (15-24 months)

Mondays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 15-24 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.  

Class Fee: $440
Click HERE to register.

 

 

Toddlers (15-24 months)

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 15-24 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $480

Click HERE to register.

 


Terrific Twos (20-30 months)

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 20-30 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $480
Click HERE to register.

 


Terrific Twos (20-30 months)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 20-30 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $440
Click HERE to register.

 


Terrific Twos (20-30 months)
Thursdays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 20-30 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $440
Click HERE to register.

 


Terrific Twos (20-30 months)
Fridays, 9:30-11:30

Discussion & playgroup for parents with children 20-30 months old. Parents will discuss child development/parenting topics with other parents and class instructor. Children will enjoy exploring our developmentally stimulating indoor play-space as well as more structured activities like cooking projects, group snack-time, story-time, imaginative play, creative movement, sensory play, fine motor and gross motor activities, as well as musical instruments, books, and songs. Parents will enjoy getting to know new friends and discussing their questions and concerns with their group members and instructor. We also feature parenting discussion topics like handling tantrums, separation anxiety, sharing, potty training, positive discipline, or getting ready for preschool, so you'll get new information each week from expert instructors who create an atmosphere of fun and community.

Class Fee: $480
Click HERE to register.

 


Your Younger Baby (3 weeks-6 months)

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30

Your Younger Baby is a group specifically for families with an older child and a new baby. Parents bring their new baby to the group, which is scheduled in the morning to allow parents time to drop off and pick up older siblings at preschool. The group will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, seek advice from your instructor, and problem-solve with other parents. In this group, we will discuss topics such as a review of infant care; sleep strategies and feeding issues; helping your older child(ren) to adjust; juggling the logistics of two children; managing increased demands on your time and energy; coping with emotions of stress and guilt, and finding ways to spend one-one time with each child. Your Younger Baby is for parents with infants from three weeks to six months old. In order to provide a relaxed atmosphere for conversation, this group is for parents and infants only.

Class Fee: $360 for full 12-week session/$195 for 6-week mini-session designed for mothers returning to work after maternity leave
Click HERE to register.

 

 

Your Younger Baby (6-12 months)

Thursdays, 11:00-12:30

Your Younger Baby (6-12 months) is a discussion and play group specifically for second-time parents with a younger child between 6-12 months. Parents bring their younger baby to the group, which is scheduled in the morning to allow parents time to drop off and pick up older siblings at preschool. Children will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys, group snacktime, baby games, storytime, and songs in developmentally stimulating indoor play space. The group will focus on topics related to parenting siblings and we will discuss how to encourage positive sibling relationships and manage the additional demands that come with parenting more than one child.

Class Fee: $360

Click HERE to register.

 


Your Younger Child (15-24 months)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30

Your Younger Child is a discussion and play group specifically for second-time parents with a younger child between 15-24 months. Parents bring their younger child to the group, which is scheduled in the morning to allow parents time to drop off and pick up older siblings at preschool. Children will enjoy developmentally appropriate toys, group snack-time, cooking projects, sensory play, imaginative play, art projects, creative movement activities, fine motor and gross motor activities, and circle time with musical instruments, books, and songs in developmentally stimulating indoor play space. The group will focus on topics related to parenting siblings and discuss how to encourage positive sibling relationships and manage the additional demands that come with parenting more than one child.

Class Fee: $480
Click HERE to register.



How to Register for a Class

Use the schedule above to select a group according to your child's age at the BEGINNING of the session.  Group ages are approximate, so if you have questions about which group would be the best fit for your child's age, please feel free to call us at 215-829-5555 or email us at CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu.

 

Payment can be made with a credit card at the Hall-Mercer Business Office or with a check made payable to Pennsylvania Hospital. Payment can be delivered to our office at:  Room 350, Child and Parent Center, Hall-Mercer Building, Pennsylvania Hospital, 245 South 8th St., Phila PA 19106. Payment for the session is required by the first class meeting at the latest. We regret that we cannot reserve space in a group without payment. Once groups have started, all fees are non-refundable. We regret that we cannot discount fees for groups that you are not able to attend.

 

Please enroll as soon as possible! Groups fill up quickly, and registrations will be processed in the order that they are received.

 

Twin Discount: For twins younger than 8 months, there is no additional fee. For twins older than 8 months, there is a 50% discount for the second child.

 

We will contact all families by phone/email to confirm registration and group placements. Enrollment is limited in order to provide a high-quality program in a relaxed, child-safe environment. If we do not have a group opening available, we will contact you and let you know if a spot becomes available!

 

If you have any questions, especially questions about choosing the best group for your child's age, please feel free to call us at 215-829-5555 or email us at PCenter@uphs.upenn.edu

 

If you cannot participate in this Session, but would like to be notified when new groups are offered, just email us and we will be sure to include you on our electronic mailing list.

 

If you don't see a class offered at your preferred day/time, feel free to drop us an email! We are happy to start new groups whenever possible.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly does the group fill up?

Groups fill up quickly, and registrations will be processed in the order that they are received. Please complete your registration and send payment to us as soon as possible!

 

Who usually comes to the class?

Our groups are typically attended by mothers with their babies, but fathers are welcome too!

 

How does payment work? What if I can't attend all the class sessions?

Payment is required on the first day of class. Once groups have started, all fees are non-refundable. We regret that we cannot discount fees for groups that you are not able to attend due to illness or schedule conflicts.

 

Is there an addition fee for twins?

There is no additional fee for twins under 8 months old. For twins older than 8 months, we offer a Twin Discount--the class fee is only one and one-half times the class fee for a single child.

 

How will I know if I have a confirmed space in the class?

We will contact all families by phone/email to confirm enrollment after you complete the electronic registration form and send payment to our office.

 

What if there is no space left in the class?

Enrollment is limited in order to provide a high-quality program in a relaxed, child-safe environment. If we do not have a group opening available, we will contact you and your check will be returned. We will definitely let you know if an opening becomes available! We may also open new groups if we have enough interested families.

 

Where is the class held?

The class is held at the Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center, which is on the 3rd Floor of the Hall-Mercer Building. The Hall-Mercer Building is on the campus of Pennsylvania Hospital, near the main hospital building. We are located on 8th St. between Spruce and Locust Sts. Our address is 245 S. 8th St., Phila, PA 19106.

 

What if I can't join the group right now, but I'd like to join in the future?

If you cannot participate in this session, but would like to be notified when new groups are offered, just email us and we will be sure to include you on our electronic mailing list.

 


What Makes Hall-Mercer Unique?

Hall-Mercer Child and Parent Center has been Philadelphia's leader in parenting education and developmental playgroups for over 30 years. We offer experiential learning for parents and children, based on the latest research in child development and parenting education. We are a not-for-profit program run through Pennsylvania Hospital, and our goal is to provide the support and information that will give you confidence in your parenting and help you enrich your relationship with your child.

 

Our groups offer plenty of individual attention from expert instructors who will get to know you and your child. We will help you to understand your child's personality, tailor your parenting to your child's temperament, and meet the unique challenges of each phase in your child's life.

 

Our classes are carefully designed for babies, toddlers, and young children. We provide long class sessions that allow little ones to explore freely, sustain attention, learn class routines, and strengthen relationships with instructors and other children.   

  

Our long class sessions also allow parents to build lasting friendships and to learn from each other as they find a sense of community for their new families.

 

 

Your Child's First Friends...

Babies, toddlers, and young children love to spend time socializing with each other as they make their "first friends" at Hall-Mercer Child & Parent Center.

 

We offer discussion-based classes and playgroups for families with young children from birth up to three years of age. In our groups, parents meet other families with children close in age to their own and have a place to learn about their child's development, share experiences, and make lasting friendships.

 

Our mission is to promote healthy development in children and to give parents the information and support they need to feel confident in their role as parents and to help their children thrive.

 

 

 

 

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Child and Parent Center Staff
215-829-5555/5255
CPCenter@uphs.upenn.edu