Family Life/Parent Education
The Family Life department offers courses that foster the development of knowledge
and skills for strong and healthy families through education and parent involvement.
The department operates under the assumption that parents are the first and most important
teachers to their children and that all families benefit from education and support.
The department strives to provide study and lab experiences that satisfy the collegeï¿½s
mission by providing multiple options of involvement that makes parent education accessible
for diverse family needs and schedules. The program offers traditional parent preschool
and cooperative classes as well as courses designed for families who have children
in child care and in early intervention services.
Schedule of classes
Parent Education for Child Care Parents
All families who enroll children in the Child and Family Studies Program also become
students by enrolling in a one credit family life class each quarter. We know that
families benefit from opportunities to gain resources and support around this most
important role of parenting. We also know that children benefit, long term, from
their families being involved in their education. Participation in the required family
life class offers an opportunity for both education and involvement within a supportive
We also recognize the many varied schedules, demands and stresses on families. With
this in mind, we offer many options to fulfill the one credit requirement. For more
information contact the Family Life Department
Parent Cooperative Preschool
Columbia Kids offers a cooperative preschool experience for children and families.
Preschool classes are held Monday through Friday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Most children attend
two or three days per week. As a cooperative, parents work in the classroom during
scheduled times. Monthly parent meetings are held at the preschool. Parent education
is offered as part of the Child and Family Studies Program at Clark College.
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