... A Little Help Figuring It Out

These seminars and webinars for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children are packed with real-life strategies and tips to help you and your children not just cope, but thrive.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Choosing Quality Child Care

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each session addresses your different infant and toddler child care options, what child care costs, how to find and evaluate your child care choices, planning your parental leave, and the transition to parenting.

Choosing Quality Child Care sessions, which are open to the entire MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000.

 Choosing Quality Child Care Sessions

Money Smart: Raising Finance-Wise Kids

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons Education & College Advising

This seminar will share best practices on teaching your children about earning money, saving, budgeting, taxes, investments, and credit. Parents will be empowered to incorporate these financial concepts into their children’s everyday lives. A financial educator will provide you with:

  • Suggestions on allowances and other ways children can earn money
  • Strategies for teaching children how to budget to achieve short- and long-term saving and spending goals
  • Tips for introducing children to the principles of taxation, investing, and using credit wisely
  • Concrete, age-appropriate exercises to do with children that promote good finance behavior


Saving for College: The Importance of Getting an Early Start

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Shannon Vasconcelos, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons Education & College Advising

Saving for college can seem like an insurmountable task, and selecting the right savings plan causes anxiety for the majority of families. Parents and grandparents have many questions about the best ways to start saving for college when children are young. This workshop provides an introduction to the tax advantaged savings plans commonly used to plan for future college expenses. A College Coach expert will educate families about:

  • Choosing the right savings plan
  • How decisions today may impact eligibility for future financial aid
  • Common strategies used to save and pay for college
  • Key considerations regarding financial flexibility, control, and taxation to keep in mind throughout the process

Countdown to Kindergarten: Making A Successful Transition

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Deborah Weinstock-Savoy, Ph.D.; Psychologist and Consultant

That small step across the kindergarten threshold is actually a giant leap for each child into the world of “Big Kid School.” And, of course, this life change can be just as big for parents, too! However, learning about the kindergarten transition can help parents cope and be more helpful, calm, and positive for their children. During this interactive workshop, we will:

  • Review the developmental challenges that kindergarten presents
  • Strategize how to help children of all temperaments face the kindergarten transition with comfort and confidence
  • Receive practical information and tools for managing the many details of this new educational adventure

Tick-Talk: Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Howard Heller, M.D., M.P.H.; Chief Medical Officer, Binx Health and Infectious Disease Consultant, MIT Medical and Massachusetts General Hospital

Spring is upon us! You can finally shed those winter clothes and frolic through the fields and woodlands…but you may still be wary of rolling up your sleeves, thanks to those eight-legged buggers we call ticks. Ticks, as we know, spread Lyme disease, a syndrome also known as the “great imposter,” as it mimics over 350 different medical conditions. Lyme disease is now a global concern, and those of us living in New England are among the highest at risk. So…it’s time to have the tick-talk.

This seminar will provide you with:

  • Tips for avoiding and preventing tick bites and Lyme disease
  • Information to help you recognize tick-infested areas
  • An overview of Lyme disease—including symptoms and available treatments
  • Intervention strategies if a possible tick bite has occurred

Presented in collaboration with MIT Medical and Community Wellness

Trouble in Cyber-dise: Recognizing Screen and Gaming Addiction in Children (Webinar)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Janell Burley Hofmann, Author

Digital media are a ubiquitous (and fun) part of modern life. But could your child's refusal to put away the Xbox or smartphone be negatively impacting his or her health, relationships, and mental well-being? And exactly how much media use is too much? Learn how to identify "red flag" behaviors that could signal a potential screen addiction. Then, find out what steps you can take to help your child regain a sense of balance both inside and outside of the digital world.

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Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Bonnie Cohen, L.C.S.W.; Senior Director of Early Childhood Family and Clinical Services, University Settlement Society of New York

All children develop at different rates, but some children experience developmental delays because of disabilities or other at-risk conditions. Join this webinar to learn about clinical cues and red flags that could indicate that your child might benefit from having Early Intervention (EI) services, as well as how to navigate the evaluation and eligibility process.

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Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Bonnie Cohen, L.C.S.W.; Senior Director of Early Childhood Family and Clinical Services, University Settlement Society of New York

How do parents know whether their child is really ready for preschool or kindergarten? The milestones of early childhood development are general guidelines, but all children develop at their own rate and in their own way. This webinar breaks down school readiness in terms of social, emotional, and academic growth to help parents make the most informed decision about when to start school.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Latest Research and Treatment (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D.; Clinical Psychologist and Consultant

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Please join us for an in-depth examination of the latest research on diagnosis and treatment of ASD. With a look at best practices for both home and school, this webinar offers a wealth of information for parents at the beginning or in the midst of their family's journey with ASD.

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Advocacy Strategies and Your Child's IEP (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Robert Mortorano; Principal, Bergen County Special Services School District

You've been through the evaluation process and finally signed off on your child's IEP. Now, it's time to make sure that the school is implementing the special education and other IEP services as described. This webinar offers practical advice for advocating for your child with school officials—classroom teachers, the IEP team, and the school principal. Join this webinar to learn how to be an effective advocate, and how to pursue next steps, if necessary.

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Education Survival Kit: What Parents Need to Know (Webinar)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, Torchlight

Discover the range of services provided by schools to help all children have a successful experience. Through this webinar, you will gain an understanding of the response-to-intervention (RTI) framework within general education, as well as 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs. 

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Supporting Your Child's LGBTQ Identity (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Stacey Harris, J.D.; Associate Director, Disability Services, Boston University

Growing up is hard to do. When you have a child who is LGBTQ, there may be some extra challenges (and opportunities) along the way. This webinar helps parents understand what helps—and what doesn't. Invite other family members who might benefit from learning how to best support their loved ones who are LGBTQ.

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