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A Place For Parents


Nurturing Families and Community


We believe that every family needs support and a strong sense of community. Connecting with others and building confidence as a parent helps develop strong families. We also strongly support the bond between parent and child and are partnering with Emotionalintelligence.org and Helpguide.org to promote, teach and nurture mother/father-child attachment theory and behavior. To learn more about our partnership with  Helpguide.org, and to find out how to receive a copy of their newly released DVD, "Creating Secure Infant Attachment: Helping Your Baby Get the Best Possible Start in Life," click HERE.


Our list of classes and support groups are listed below. Since some of our classes have waiting lists, please note that submitting this form does not guarantee that there will be space in the class you have selected.


But first, A Place for Parents is delighted to announce the addition of the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool, which opened in Fall 2011! To visit the Preschool's new website, click HERE. The Goal of the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool is to provide a non-judgmental learning environment for children while creating a supportive and cooperative community for teachers, parents and children.  Objectives of the Cooperative are to establish a partnership between the YWCA and the Venice Parents Daycare and Preschool that supports a cooperative model of learning and development, extend the learning environment through collaboration with other YWCA programs, and promote the YWCA’s Cycle of Life model of program delivery by expanding A Place for Parents offerings to serve parents of preschool-aged children.


  • To download an application for the Family Cooperative Preschool, click HERE.
  • To sponsor the Family Cooperative Preschool, click HERE for more information and to download a sponsorship form. To make your donation right away, click HERE.


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Cottage Activity Time (2 hour drop-off groups for children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years)


$30 per class

  • Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 am
  • Monday to Thursday, 11:45 am - 1:45 pm

Cottage Activity Time is a two-hour drop-off program for children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old that supports the separation process between parent and child. Staff ratio is 1:4.  Children are guided through play where social and conflict resolution skills are emphasized. A wide range of activities are offered and organic snacks are served. Children do not have to be toilet trained. Sign up for a minimum of 2 classes/week.  Extended hours available.

Toddler Activity Time


(2 hour drop-off groups for children ages 18 months to 2 1/2 years)

$30 per class

  • Monday - Friday, 9:15 - 11:15 am, extended hours available.

Modeled after our Cottage Activity Time, Toddler Activity Time is designed to support the parent-child separation process and to help build social skills and connections with others, supporting the individual needs of the children. A wide range of activities are offered as the children are allowed to freely flow between our outdoor and indoor areas.  Organic snacks are served.

There is a maximum of 10 children with 3 staff. Children do not have to be out of diapers. For more information please contact Barbara Olinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Toddler & Me (1 to 3 years)

$22 per class, payable in 2 month blocks for one designated day each week.

  • Monday, 9:30 - 10:30 am


These classes combine fun activities and parent support, all within a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Parent Support Classes

Parent Support groups are designed to help parents learn crucial information about their child’s development and express the wide range of emotions that arise while parenting in a supportive, relaxed atmosphere. Parents learn how to set limits within a non-judgmental, non-punitive framework while connecting with other parents.  

-For children ages 1-3: Wed. & Thurs., 9:30 - 10:30 am

Parents buy classes in groups of 5 and have 3 months to use them.

-For children ages 3 - 6: Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, (childcare provided.)


NEW!  Private Parenting Education Sessions with Barbara Olinger, M.S.W.

Sometimes the only thing parents need to get back on track is time with a supportive professional to focus on their family.  Topics which can be explored include:

-Developmental Themes

-Discipline Strategies

-How to work through situations when we are triggered.

Barbara can meet with individuals or couples at the YWCA, by phone or at your home,

by appointment only.

$50 an hour, or $25 for 1/2 hour (by phone only.) Sessions will be held at the YWCA or by telephone for your convenience.  Barbara will come to your house eves or weekends for $80 an hour.

Call Barbara Olinger, M.S.W., Senior Director of Family Services at: (310) 452-3881 or contact her at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Stay & Play

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Children can extend their Cottage hours or come just for Stay & Play!  One or two days per week, staff available to help with naps if needed!


Cottage Playground Playtime

Wednesdays, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Come and use our wonderful outdoor play space!  Children play while parents socialize.  Barbara Ollinger comes out to the yard for 1/2 hour parent support.   $9


"If we understand our children's developmental stages and needs, it becomes easier to set limits in a non-judgmental way and to offer loving guidance to help self-esteem blossom. If we can do this within a supportive community, parenting can become the most wondrous adventure imaginable."


For more information, contact Barbara Olinger, MSW, Director of Family Development, at (310) 452-3881, x104 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Barbara Olinger's DVDs, "Welcoming Your Second Child" and "Growing from the Roots" are now available for purchase through Amazon.com. Clips from the DVDs are viewable on YouTube or through Barbara at the YWCA. Barbara's book, "Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting," is available for sale at the YWCA or by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Barbara is also featured on www.kidsinthehouse.com


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