Unique partnership benefits Calistoga parents 

    The Calistoga Family Center and Napa Valley College have joined to present “Family 889 – Effective Parenting,” a class being held at Calistoga Elementary School Library.  The class, designed to make the home connection to school and child engagement, is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 17 and 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, and June 5, 12 and 19.  This 10 week non-credit class is free and open to the community.  Funding was also received from the Napa County Mental Health Division’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI).

    Topics include wellness and healthy habits, fostering positive self-esteem, promoting foundational skills (math and English), engaged parenting, and preparing for transitions (middle school to high school and success after high school).  Each week a different topic will be presented by community leaders and experts. Childcare is available. The class is bilingual; it will be taught in Spanish and English.

    “I am happy that Napa Valley College’s Upper Valley Campus is a partner in this program to serve the Calistoga community. By providing parent education, it will benefit future generations,” said Judi Watkins, associate dean, Upper Valley Campus. “Parenting is challenging and this class will help support Calistoga parents and their children.”

    “Through this unique partnership consisting of the Napa County Department of Health and Human Services and the Napa Valley College, we are happy that we are able to present a class tailored to a rural community,” said Victoria Li, executive director of the Calistoga Family Center.  “In particular parent and leadership issues identified by the Calistoga community are specifically being addressed.”

    For more information about this class, call Irma Sanchez at 707-942-6206.