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Parenting class, play group offered at Tutu’s House

(Photo courtesy of Tutu's House)

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Parents and caregivers of young children are invited to participate in two family-strengthening opportunities at Tutu’s House in Waimea.

Each Thursday, 9:30-11 a.m., a play and learn group is being held for parents/caregivers and children under the age of five years. The play group provides a selection of developmentally appropriate activities and early learning experiences for keiki.

Guidance is provided by Gail Judd, a former preschool teacher, current Program Specialist with P-3 and an Early Childhood Trainer for PATCH.

A light snack is served. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. There is no registration or fee to participate.

For more information, contact Gail at 987-8710 or visit www.tutushouse.org

Additionally, a once-monthly, Friday evening parenting class is offered at Tutu’s House. Presented by Darissa Kekuawela, MA, and Ruth Forbes, MSCJA, Kamalama parenting sessions are based on traditional Hawaiian values. Each session focuses on a Hawaiian cultural value and the role it plays in parenting children of all ages.

These sessions run 6:15-7:45 p.m. and are free of charge.

Dates and topics for upcoming classes: March 11: Kuleana; April 1: Hana Pono, Laulima, Malama; May 20: Launa Olelo and June 17: Hoohiki, Hilinai, Hooponopono.

For more information call Tutu’s House at 885-6777 or visit www.tutushouse.org

Both of these opportunities are provided by Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families through a P-3 demonstration site grant. A program of Friends of the Future, Baby STEPS is an initiative created by individuals and organizations committed to helping all keiki on Hawaii Island to be healthy, happy and to thrive by supporting families, strengthening practitioners and engaging communities.

For more information on Baby STEPS, contact coordinator Angela Thomas, MA Ed, at 808-887-1228.

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