Parents Explore, Create Alongside Kids at SBCC Tuition-Free Classes

Parents can join their kids hand in hand to explore nature and their own creative sides during the popular SBCC School of Extended Learning parenting classes Nature Walk and Music Times, among many more Parenting Classes coming in 2019. These tuition-free offerings allow parents to spend quality time with their child while learning approaches to healthy growth and development.

The SBCC School of Extended Learning tuition-free parenting classes are designed for parents and their 0 to 5-year-olds. Classes begin as soon as Jan. 14 and bring moms, dads, grandparents and their children together with other families in and outside of the classroom to socialize and grow in the best way possible. The many opportunities include the following:

Music Times I: For Parents/Children

Eight weeks beginning January 17 at the Wake Campus

Parents and children ages 16-30 months explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Parents learn how music nurtures children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development and strengthens the bond between parent and child. Participants will be exposed to various genres of music, play a wide variety of instruments, listen to stories with dramatization and puppets, and learn songs, rhymes, and finger plays in an interactive environment.

Nature Walk: For Parents and Kids

Five weeks beginning January 31 at Tucker’s Grove Park

Parents help introduce their preschoolers to the world of slough and tide-pooling, beach plants, creatures of the sea, local trails and creek-beds. Students learn to teach their children about the relationship between Native American cultures and nature, as well as exploring environmental factors, birds, animal tracks, insect breeding and the relationship between these elements and plants.

Infant Times I: Newborn to Crawling

Nine weeks beginning March 13 at Wake Campus

The perfect opportunity for new parents, classes provide current information about infant development, stimulation and “self-calming” techniques. Parents can share questions for discussion, learn infant massage techniques, stimulating songs and how to make hand-made toys/equipment and play games.

Parent Child Workshops

Eighteen weeks beginning 1/28 in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria
Another unique, tuition-free resource, workshops are modeled after cooperative preschools. Parents develop a framework for positive communication, child guidance and discipline and navigating parenting challenges of the 21st century. Students discover community resources, learn about kindergarten readiness and develop strategies to support children’s education at home and school. Includes discussion and activities.

“Parents are constantly searching for the leading edge philosophies and techniques to raise their children in the best way possible,” said Andy Harper, Senior Director of SBCC’s School of Extended Learning. “We brought together experts and designed our parenting classes to bring students the latest in parenting, and the opportunity to enjoy that learning process with their children.”

The easiest way to register for classes is in person at Wake or Schott Campus in Santa Barbara. For more information visit, call (805) 683-8200, or contact our Senior Director in charge of the Parenting Program, Andy Harper, at

About the SBCC School of Extended Learning

The School of Extended Learning responds to the diverse learning needs of the adult population in the Santa Barbara community by advancing career and life skills, and building bridges to credit.

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