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Classes and Resources for Parents

We offer resources to help parents with child development and to prepare a child for a hospital visit.

Classes - Pregnancy, Parenting and More

We invite you to participate in our wide range of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes. Our classes are designed to help you in making the decision to become a parent, offer you advice for maintaining a healthy pregnancy, prepare you and your family for the childbirth experience and help you develop the confidence and skills for parenting.

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Current Programs and Classes


Parenting Info

The following is a list of parenting information that may be of interest to parents of young children. Please click on a link below to download a printable PDF. If you prefer, a brochure can be requested through the Family Life Education Office at (605)322-3660.

These are guides only and should never replace the advice of your physician.


Guidance and Discipline


Development and Behavior

We know kids. Our Certified Family Life Educators at Avera McKennan can help you get to know them better, too. Family life education provides insight and information about the typical, but sometimes baffling behaviors and stages of children. Download the 'Getting to Know Kids' brochure for more information.

Child Car Seat Safety Resources

We provide child safety seat education through scheduled seat checks and videos to help parents keep their children safe in vehicles. To have your child safety seat/booster checked, contact the Avera Children's Car Seat Program at 322-3485.

Watch our expert demonstrate car seat safety techniques.

View additional car seat safety information.

    Child Development Newsletters

    Feedings. Play. Safety. Health. There are so many things to think about when you have a new child in the family. Avera is here to help! Avera Children’s Hospital & Avera Medical Group Pediatric Specialists, along with the Sioux Empire United Way, is proud to bring you newsletters that provide helpful tips and fun ways to aid your child’s development in the early years of life. Access the newsletters.

    Additional Resources

    Helping Prepare Your Child for Hospitalization

    Avera Children's Hospital is staffed by pediatric specialists, and focused on family-centered care. We want you and your family to have the best possible experience while you're here. Understanding that a hospital stay can be confusing and frightening for a child, we offer information that may help your child prepare for hospitalization.

    Get Advice From Experts

    Get advice from Avera Children's pediatricians on important health topics for children. Choose the 'email this link' to share the video with others. Access the videos.