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Parent Education at The Children’s Garden

Our legal name is Issaquah Valley Family Education, reflecting education for children and family alike, as a core value of our school.

Over the years, our beloved Parent Education Specialist, Julie Spangler, has offered Parenting Classes to the Garden community. This year we are thrilled to bring Julie to each class with a Parenting Support Session.

Coming together with Garden community to compare notes, share experiences and ask questions with expert guidance is a unique and powerful experience.

Parent Support Sessions

Our favorite parenting coach will be at the school for each class,  in the first week of March, for parent support sessions during class time.

We are able to offer these support sessions to parents as part of our ongoing Parent Education series free of charge.

Join Julie in the Movement Room during your child’s class:
Wednesday, May 15
Cricket 10:45-11:15 am
Honeybees 2-3:15 pm
Thursday, May 16
Ladybugs 9:45-10:45 am
We will have an open discuss and focus on whatever comes up and is present in the lives of the parents and children right now. Some of the topics we may cover are:
Care of the parent
  • taking pressure off
  • the need to be ‘right’
  • knowing our triggers
Avoiding power struggles
Who’s problem is it? separation, food, bed etc.
Boundary setting and communication
Fearful Child
Working Together/Problem Solving Together

About Julie Spangler, Parent Education Specialist

Julie offers parent education courses through the year. She is a WA Licensed Certified Counselor and mother of four (all Children’s Garden graduates). Julie has been with The Children’s Garden since 1997.

Parenting Class Series

The preschool years are some of the most rewarding and the most challenging years we face as parents. Each child is unique, having their own pattern and timing of development and we have the joy and privilege of watching them unfold into who they are and will become.  And yet, though there is uniqueness, there are still patterns common to all children as they grow, and challenges all parents share. 

Long time Children’s Garden Parent Class Instructor, Julie Spangler, offers online parenting classes via Zoom to parents who are interested in rethinking ways of problem-solving with their children.

Through the parenting classes we will learn about supportive language, natural and logical consequences, problem-solving and tools for handling those normal challenges our children bring us daily. 

This is an opportunity to talk with other parents, compare notes and share experiences, learn from each other and from parenting materials created for this purpose and having fun while doing so.

Starting now to develop good communication habits with your children will show great benefits through the anticipated teen years!

More About Parenting Class

Appropriate Expectations for the age and development of your child

How to set boundaries without triggering the Anger/Revenge Cycle

How you can communicate positively with better results

Share your successes and challenges with other parents in the same boat!

How to enhance your parental confidence and maintain a sense of humor and fun.

Julie Spangler (425) 765-7173

Online with Zoom, (no need for babysitters) and one monthly face to face during classtime

A weekday* evening per week at 8:00 – 9:30 PM, (after the kids are in bed.)

Classes are traditionally held in the Fall. Participants pick the night of the week available for most people.

$250/Family (Parents, grands and caregivers welcome) scholarships available.

I’d like to know more!

Julie’s Parenting Class is an 8 week class that meets weekly at 8:30 pm via Zoom on a weekday decided by class participants. 

$250/Family (Registration per family includes parents and other caregivers)

Please email Julie for future class dates, if you are interested in knowing more or signing up: