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Parent Workshops- August 16, 2014

 On Saturday, Aug. 16, volunteers with United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County will present another opportunity for parents and caregivers of pre-school children to learn how to build and develop their children’s skills.

Scheduled for the Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market, the Aug. 16 workshop will be conducted in Spanish during the morning, and in English during the afternoon. 

Compared to the original volunteer-planned-and-led workshop, which has reached 350 people since Spring 2103, the August 16 program will go into greater depth on how parents can help their children develop reading, writing and mathematics skills. 

The August 16 program also will incorporate use of simple music – not a part of the original workshop – in support of child development. 

Attending one of the original workshop meetings is not a prerequisite for the August 16 program. 

Free to participants, the August 16 program will feature demonstration by skilled and experienced presenters of age-appropriate learning activities.

Take-home items will be provided for use by parents with their children for years to come. Child care will be available for children up to age 10.

During the morning, the program will be presented in Spanish, with registration at 9 a.m., program sessions from 9:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a pizza lunch at 11:30. 

The program will be presented in English during the afternoon, beginning with registration at 11:15 a.m., the pizza lunch together with morning participants at 11:30, followed by program sessions in English until 2:30 p.m. 

Registration for the workshops is in advance – attendance is limited. 

To register in either English or Spanish, call Lee College at 281-425-6311. 

In addition to United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County, other workshop support is provided by the Sterling High School Ready-Set-Teach class and the Sterling High School chapter of Texas Association of Future Educators.

These workshops are one of multiple aspects of child Kindergarten readiness work by United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County and numerous community partners, including Baytown Early Educators, Lee College, Goose Creek and Barbers Hill school districts, City of Baytown, Family Services of Greater Houston, Collaborative for Children, Communities In Schools of Baytown and Baytown-West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation.

Equipping caregivers – whether they are teachers at early childhood centers, or parents and grandparents at home – with the latest and best information about how to interact effectively with very young children is the key to community-level efforts to improve child Kindergarten readiness. 

For more information about United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County, or the targeted community impact efforts to improve child Kindergarten readiness, call 281-424-5922 or visit