Beginning April 4, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in partnership with Waukee Family YMCA will be offering Great Beginnings for Families, a five-week skills building program for parents of infants through preschoolers.


Great Beginnings helps mothers and fathers learn how to effectively administer positive discipline and guidance while helping their young cope with anger and conflict. Encouraging learning through play and understanding the key principles of child development are also core lessons of this program.


“Trying to communicate or reason with a little one whose language isn’t developed can cause stress for both child and parent, presenting unique yet frustrating challenges,” said ISU Extension Educator and Great Beginnings facilitator, Lisa Mickelson. “This program provides participants with the tools they need to overcome these challenges and build a strong family.”


Great Beginnings for Families will take place Tuesdays, April 4 to May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the Waukee Family YMCA located at 210 North Warrior Lane in Waukee. Registration is $10 and can be completed by stopping at the YMCA or calling (515) 987-9996. For more information contact Lisa at lmickel@iastate.edu or (515) 993-4281.