Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


January 5, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: Jan. 5, 2013



Baby University to begin again

Jeff Newton, executive director of Kokomo Urban Outreach, sends this Cheer:

“Since the first session of Baby University in 2007, nearly 500 parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children have participated in Baby University and its extended family programs. Twenty-one of those proud parents graduated just a few weeks ago. Baby University, a program of Kokomo Urban Outreach, is a series of practical workshops offering parents the opportunity to become excellent parents. They are learning new techniques and discovering various options for handling common, everyday parenting problems and household management issues. This program is especially designed for parents or caregivers of infants and toddlers up to and including 4 years of age.

“KUO partners with many community organizations to provide the nine weekly workshops.

“KUO would like to thank those who partner with us to provide Baby University: Howard County Family Services Association, Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, Pregnancy Resource Center, Purdue Extension, Child Care Solutions, IU Kokomo Center for Early Child Care Education, First Steps, Piecemakers Quilting Guild, Outback Steak House, United Way of Howard County, Parr United Methodist Church, Family Piece Counseling, Bona Vista, St. Joseph Hospital, Susan Maxson of Ivy Tech, Southside Christian Church, Chapel Hill Christian Church and Main Street United Methodist Church.

“We would also like to thank the Piecemakers Quilt Guild, whose members have just donated 120 handmade quilts. These quilts are given to each child in the Baby University program. The Piecemakers have partnered with KUO for several years, providing more than 600 handmade treasures. The children and the parents especially love the quilts. One mother was so excited about the quilt for her child she shared that the quilt would ‘become a family heirloom that would be passed on to her babies’ babies.’ Not only that, every time she looks at the quilt she will remember all of the lessons learned from Baby University.

“The next sessions of Baby University will start on Monday, Jan. 28 or Thursday, Jan. 31. For more information or to register, please call 765-457-1983.”

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