Start Smart provides free classes for parents (including grandparents and foster parents) with children ages birth to 5. The purpose of the program is to teach parents how to help their children "start smart" and stay smart. The program uses hands-on activities that focus on child development and preparing children for kindergarten. Start Smart classes include information on developmental milestones, safety, nutrition, cognitive development and literacy, and use an interactive format which features story-time, music, crafts, and snacks. Classes are available in both English and Spanish
In addition, the Start Smart program also provides PAT (Parents as Teachers, a nationally regarded parent education curriculum) certified activities in the home and monthly parent workshops and neighborhood family story times.
Eligibility: County residents with children ages birth to five years are eligible to attend.
Geographic Area: Neighborhoods where Start Smart is offered include Clairemont, Mission Bay, Mid-City and Southeast/Central San Diego. For specific locations and class times, contact the Start Smart Coordinator.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org , 619-582-9056 x232 or 858-974-3603 x219
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