Free Parent Workshop On Raising Sexually Healthy, Secure Kids

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kids_healthArea parents of preschool-aged children and older can learn how to provide accurate, age-appropriate information that helps children grow up safe, healthy and secure in their bodies during a free workshop on Sunday, April 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Playhouse Co-op Preschool, 88 Franklin Avenue in West Orange.

Carol Loscalzo, whose clinical social work career has seen her focus on the treatment of sexual assault survivors of all ages, will discuss common sexual behaviors in childhood and how to respond to them. A former public health nurse, Loscalzo also will address how to talk with kids about their bodies and sexual issues and what to teach when. Resources for communicating with kids about sexual issues also will be shared.

“While this can be an uncomfortable and awkward topic, it’s one that parents need to start having now when children are young, not when they are teenagers,” said Playhouse Educational Director Lisa Korn. “This workshop will empower parents to raise sexually healthy children while engaging with them in a meaningful way.”

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The adults-only workshop is the last in a series of free educational workshops for area parents held this school year.

Playhouse is a cooperative school that encourages meaningful learning through hands-on experiences. At Playhouse, children not only develop their own skills, but also learn the problem-solving and social skills needed to work cooperatively with their peers.

Established in 1951 by early childhood education expert Jeanne Ginsberg and area parents, Playhouse offers sliding-scale tuition and flexible schedules with half-day and full-day programs.

To register for the workshop or for more information about Playhouse, call Lisa Korn at 973.736.9451.

About Playhouse Co-op Preschool

Playhouse Co-op Preschool is a cooperative school that was founded in 1951 by early childhood education expert Jeanne Ginsberg and area parents. At Playhouse, meaningful learning happens through hands-on experiences in a supportive and nurturing environment. Children and their teachers work together to recognize feelings and to channel them in constructive ways. Children learn about their community and how to respond to each other with sensitivity and respect. Rather than fill children with information, our teachers tailor lessons to the interests and curiosities of the children in the classroom, creating an ownership and excitement for learning. For more information, call 973.736.9451 or visit PlayhouseOnline.org.

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