Our Services

Parent And Child Enrichment (PACE) Playgroups:

Meet every Monday and Friday from 9-11 am. We meet in a bright friendly room at the Watertown Family Center. Kids birth to five and an adult are welcome to enjoy free play, a special activity and snack. Many social and educational opportunities present themselves during your time together. Free and no registration required.
Drop-In Playgroups will end for the school year on Friday, May 26th

Open Gym:

Meet every Thursday from 9:00 –10:30 am. Children five and under are encouraged to run, jump, slide and have fun with an adult. We provide balls, slides, scooters, and more. You provide the energy and imagination. Open Gym is held in the Watertown Area YMCA’s Gym. Please enter thru the main entrance on the S. Eighth Street side of building. Free and no registration required.
Boots are not allowed on the gym floor! Please bring gym shoes or wear socks!
Open Gym Sessions will end for the year on Thursday, May 25th

Building Blocks Preschool Playgroup:

FALL SESSION FULL - There is a waiting list!
This playgroup is a collaborative project with the Watertown Unified School District & Watertown Family Center. Playgroup is facilitated by Early Childhood Teachers from WUSD. Parents must be in attendance.
REGISTRATION is OPEN! Call 920-261-2450 or email: scurtis@watertownfamilycenter.com for more info or to register.

ALL ABOUT PLAY!
Play is a a vital part of a child's life. It is truly the way young children learn. Children also learn from others. For children with disabilities, experiences with more typically developing peers can occur less often. These times of playing with peers can offer tremendous models of speech, motor and cognitive skills. Children learn quickly from other children. Building Blocks Preschool Playgroup will provide and opportunity for ALL children to play and learn from each other in a supported environment.

WHO CAN COME?
This preschool playgroup will include children from ages 3-5 years old. Some children will participate with school district staff support. You may register your child for the semester by contacting the WFC. Parents are included in all playgroup activities. School staff will spend time each week with parents discussing topics such as speech, sensori-motor and developmental stages.

WHAT WILL WE DO?
Each week will include activities centered around a theme an involve crafts, cooking and sensori-motor fune! There will be music, movement and storytime.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Thru the Watertown Family Center
2017 FALL Session HAS BEEN FILLED. If you are interested we can put you on our waiting list.

Infant Massage Workshop:

Learn the basic massage techniques to relax your child. This class is recommended for children three months to crawling. Come and learn about the programs and resources available to new parents.
Our classes are offered every other month and taught by a Certified Massage Therapist. No cost but registration is required.

INFANT MASSAGE CLASS

FALL: September 25 , 2017
WINTER: January 29, 2018
Spring: April 30, 2018
6pm-7pm
Must register to attend.

Parenting Classes:

Becoming A Love and Logic Parent and Making Early Childhood Parenting Fun! classes are offered throughout the year. No cost but registration is required and limited free childcare is available.

Becoming A Love & Logic Parent:
Love & Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love & Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people for the real world, with its many choices and consequences. Love & Logic offers adults an alternative way to communicate with children. The techniques produce immediate results because the techniques are simple, practical, and easy to learn. Give yourself six nights to learn how to become a love and logic parent. For parents with children 7 years of age and up.

FALL SESSION
10/12; 10/19; 10/26; 11/2; 11/9; 11/16
6pm - 7:30pm

SPRING SESSION
4/12; 4/19; 4/26; 5/3; 5/10; 5/17
6pm - 7:30pm

For parents with children 7 years of age and up
In order to get a Certificate of Completion - you must attend 5 out of the 6 classes and "participate in class".
Must register to attend! Call 920-261-2450

WINTER SESSION 2018
"Making Early Childhood Parenting Fun!"
- Parents of teeny, tiny kids (birth – six) you’ll learn how to:
- Show your tots that whining and arguing does not pay
- Put an end to misbehavior in public
- Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
- Calm sibling bickering and battling
- Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc.
- Make potty training fun
- Teach respect, responsibility, and self-discipline
And much, much more! There’s great news!
When parents start Love and Logic early in their children’s lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun…instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn…instead of ready to drive their teachers batty. There’s even more great news!
By taking the Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!, you’ll receive a powerful practical set of tools that will help you the parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers raise super kids.

CLASS DATES:
1/18; 1/25; 2/1; 2/8; 2/15;
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Registration is REQUIRED
Limited Free childcare available for children birth -10 years of age. MUST BE REGISTERED!

For parents with children 6 years and under.
Classes are on Thursday evenings 6 - 7:30 pm. In order to receive certificate you must attend 4 out of the 5 classes and be an active participant in class.
Must register to attend!

Focused Workshops:

Offered each month on a different topic of family interest. Professionals present information in their area of expertise,
and parents are given the opportunity to ask questions about specific concerns. No cost but registration is required and free child care is available.

WORKSHOPS 2018 -2019 DATES TBD

Call (920) 261-2450 to ask any questions you might have or to register.

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS:

FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT TBD

Registration is necessary.

NEW PLAYGROUP STARTING!

SUMMER PLAYGROUPS ARE OVER! We are back in the Center Fall 2017!
Parent And Child Enrichment (PACE) Park Play Groups:

Looking for something to do this summer to keep your kids busy? How about attending free playgroups at local parks? Watertown Family Center (WFC) is offering our Summer PACE Playgroups in the Park. These Parent And Child Enrichment (PACE) Playgroups offer parents an opportunity to spend time with their kids while meeting other local families.

During SUMMER PACE Playgroups, parents/caregivers and children will work on STEAM activities (Science, Engineering, Art & Math) to our Park Playgroups! Throughout the summer you will find us learning through play, developing social skills, working on our fine and gross motor skills and exploring our surroundings while playing at a local parks. A snack will be provided for the children. The playgroups are open to children of any age, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Summer PACE is free, but donations are appreciated!

JULY:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am - 11am
Lincoln Park, Union Street, Watertown, WI 53098
Wednesdays 9am - 11am
Wallace Park located at: 680 S. Industrial Park Drive, Lake Mills, WI 53557

AUGUST:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9am - 11am
Union Park, W. Lafayette Street, Watertown, WI 53094
Wednesdays 9am - 11am
Wallace Park located at: 680 S. Industrial Park Drive, Lake Mills, WI 53557

Dates Closed:

During the year we do have days that the WFC will be closed. We follow the WUSD calendar.
Cancelation of programs: If the school district closes due to inclement weather - the WFC will also be closed.

Drop-In Play Groups:

During the months of JUNE, JULY and AUGUST we will not be holding our playgroups at the Center! We are outside at the parks! We will be back in the Center September 11th!

Here's our Registration Form