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Prevention Works To Hold Parenting Program

Prevention Works, formerly known as CASAC, is offering a program for parents of children ages birth to 5 years of age called “First Five Years.”

The course is being offered free of charge through a grant from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County and a partnership between Prevention Works and the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County.

The “First Five Years” groups will be held at the Mental Health Association, 31 Water St., Door 14, Suite 7, at the Gateway Center, Jamestown, from noon-2 p.m. on Wednesday as well as Oct. 23, 30 and Friday, Nov. 1. The program is for grandparents, nannies, child care professionals, early childhood educators, mental health professionals and anyone else who lives and works with young children.

The “First Five Years” program is a four-session, two-hour video and discussion group. The program considers child development and parenting in terms of the age/stage of the child within the perspective of varied nuclear families and vignettes representative of diverse cultures. Through this program, the organization provides parents with the tools they need to make the most of their children’s early years. This is an early intervention in an effort to increase school readiness.

To register, call Kathleen Colby at 664-3608.

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