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Our Parent Participation Experience

Posted by San Luis Obispo Mom on Saturday, September 14, 2019 Under: Preschool
(Note: This review below was when the Parent Participation Program in Oceano was still open before Covid-19 . This Parent Participation Program in San Luis Obispo County in Oceano has been permanently discontinued. It's still a good read to learn the benefits of being part of a Parent Participation program.)

After moving to San Luis Obispo county, we were recommended by a local to try Parent Participation. Two of the main ones are city-site run programs for parents with kids ages 0 - 4 years old (and sometimes five depending on which location you look at). Read more information about Parent Participation programs and other Parent & Me classes around San Luis Obispo County by going to the Mom Groups & Childcare page.

The Parent Participation programs for this area are categorized under South County (Lucia Mar) and offer four different class groups: 0 - 12 months old, 12 - 24 months old, 24 - 36 months old and 3 and 4 year olds. Each age group meets once a week for 3 hours. During the 3 hour session, we start out with free play time, clean up, circle time on the rug with songs, snacks (volunteered and snacks donated by parents), auditorium play while parents have an educational discussion about parenting, clean up and then ending with a nice story at circle time. Parents definitely participate in this class as they help assist the kids with clean up and participating throughout the organized day. These classes are a great way to get kids used to social play with kids within their age group. I paid $90 for the 6 week period (7 sessions). You can also add a younger sibling for a discounted price. If your child is not ready for preschool, Parent Participation is really a great transition to preschool since the parent gets to there with them the whole time.

Today is the third session I've attended among the 7 sessions included in the $90. My child really likes the program so far and refers to it as 'school'. He always gets so excited to come play, sing songs, learn letters and be a part of a classroom setting. When we came during our first day, both my little one and I were overwhelmed because we have just moved here earlier this year so we're newbies while most of the parents and kids have been a part of it together before. By now, we've gotten used to it and these classes are mainly for the little ones to thrive so it's all with positive intent. We have a planned field trip soon next month and we're really looking forward to that!

There's another Parent Participation program and it's located at San Luis Coastal Adult School (city run) in San Luis Obispo, California. Another one that is not run by the city is Playtime Discoveries in Atascadero, California.

San Luis Obispo county has so many kid-friendly things to do and parent & me (mommy & me) type programs for the little ones. You can find all of these classes under the Mom Groups & Childcare section

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Tags: parent participation san luis obispo  oceano  lucia mar 

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San Luis Obispo Mom Originally from San Diego, California, I'm a San Diego State University alumna, veteran's wife and mom of two kids who were born two years apart. After living on the East Coast for 6 years, we now reside in San Luis Obispo County and here, the exploration continues.
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