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Please NOTE: Speaker Night topics, date, and speakers are subject to change.

October Speaker Night: Choosing a Preschool: What Are Your Choices and How Does It Work?

To register for this event please go to the following Speaker Night: Choosing a Preschool: What Are Your Choices and How Does It Work? - 10/9/2018

About the Topic:     

Discover different types of programs and philosophies in early childhood education, from Montessori to project-based learning. Learn how to recognize developmentally appropriate practice, information on children’s readiness, and logistics of choosing a preschool.   

About the Speaker:       

Stephanie Agnew, BA, Assistant Director, Parents Place on the Peninsula      

Stephanie coordinates all parent workshops at our Parents Place San Mateo location, where she also teaches classes on preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school choices; positive discipline; and behavior management for young children. She also leads teacher training workshops, consults with families on many parenting and child development issues, and observes children in their homes and at their schools. An expert in early childhood education, Stephanie taught in Palo Alto area preschools for 20 years and owned a preschool for 5 years. She received additional professional training at the Bing Nursery School at Stanford University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. 

Speaker Nights - Parents Only Please!

  • To make the Speaker Night program an enjoyable event for all Las Madres parents, we would like to remind attendees to please respect the childcare arrangements that we all have to make by leaving children at home. We do endeavor to accommodate mothers with nursing babies wherever possible.  Thank you!
  • Please Note: Presentation of any one individual's philosophy, definitions of medical terms, training techniques, or suggestive advice, etc presented as part of the speaker night program does not constitute or imply recommendation or endorsement of the same by Las Madres Neighborhood Playgroups, Inc. They are intended to be reflective of alternative thoughts and resources so that you, as parents, may keep yourself informed on various subject matters and investigate more thoroughly, on your own, those issues or ideas that reflect your personal parenting style.

Past Speaker Nights

    September Speaker Night: SIBLING SOLUTIONS with Patty Wipfler


    September Speaker Night: Silbin Solutions with Patty Wipfler

    Patty Wipfler is the Founder and Program Director of Hand in Hand Parenting and is Co-Author of "Listen: 5 Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges." Her talk will focus on parenting with connection and sibling solutions (yessss!) There will be time for Q& A after. :) Please RSVP if you're able to make it! 

    August Speaker Night: Smooth Transitions into Preschool by Sylvia Ford

    Learn about ways to create a feeling of security for both children and parents as they enter into the preschool experience for the first time. Important aspects of separation anxiety will be explored along with strategies to help make the transition a positive one.

    July Speaker Night: Estate Planning and Guardianship by Deborah Azar

    Choosing a guardian to care for your children should you and your spouse die unexpectedly is one of the most important decisions you must make. It is also one of the most difficult. So difficult, in fact, that avoiding it is one of the most common reasons people put off estate planning. If you are hesitant to name a guardian for your children, consider the alternative: A court will name one without any input from you. So it is important to choose a guardian now, while you still have a say in the matter. Discussion will include the considerations you should think about in choosing a guardian for your children and estate planning strategies.

    June Speaker Nights: The Joys and Challenges of 2 and 3 Year-Olds by Sylvia Ford

    Learning facts about the development of two and three year-olds helps us understand their behaviors and fosters our ability to be patient with them. Discussion will include many strategies to nurture your child’s progress and savor this sweet but challenging stage of growth.

    April Speaker Night: A path to Self Care and Holistic Health in 2018 by Monique Clark from Innate Sense

    A talk for Parents looking for simple and effective ways to care for themselves and their families. Put your self care on the top of your to-do list and fill up your cup experiencing and learning about quick ways to boost your energy, relieve overwhelm, and be empowered to take the wellness of your family in your hands.

    Previous Years

    Theresa Laurenz - Raising Good Eaters

    Disruptive Associations

    Food Scientist Tasting Card

    Hunger Scale & Energizing Activities

    My Food Philosophy

    Raising Good Eaters

    Common Sense Media
    Raising Your Family in a Digital World

    Turning No into Yes: Encouraging Cooperative Behavior in Children
    Turning No into Yes: Encouraging Cooperative Behavior in Children

    Raising a Spirited Child
    Raising A Spirited Child handouts_2014-04

    Sibling Rivalry: Thanks to Stephanie Lovejoy for the handout
    Sibling Rivalry handout