Benefits and Membership
The Parenting Center

Helping parents grow!

Annual Membership Levels & Benefits

Membership includes:

  • Parents and grandparents (only parents and grandparents may bring children to play)
  • First visit is always free
  • Scholarships available

To register, call (504) 896-9591 or e-mail chparenting@lcmchealth.org

Membership levels:

Associate Membership - $50/year

Designed for full-time working parents or parents of school-age children

  • Counseling with The Parenting Center’s professional staff

  • Resource library privileges
  • The Parenting Center mailings
  • Reduced fees for select classes
  • More for 4's

Active Membership - $125/year

All previous benefits plus:

  • Members-only programs & morning classes
  • Daily drop-in at The Parenting Center with children 3 years old and younger
  • Installment payments and scholarships available based on need

Circle of Friends - $200/year

All previous benefits plus:

  • Support the center programs and scholarship fund
  • Tax deduction

*Gift Certificates

A membership to The Parenting Center is a wonderful gift for expectant, new parents and current members who want to renew their membership – it gives families access to parenting support and guidance, classes, social time and the opportunity to make new friends! To purchase a special gift for someone you love, call The Parenting Center or e-mail chparenting@lcmchealth.org.

Ongoing Member Activities & Services

Register: (504) 896-9591 or e-mail chparenting@lcmchealth.org

Drop-In Times (Birth – 3 Years)

Parents or grandparents can bring their children to enjoy the playroom and play yard, make friends and socialize! Free for Active Members only.

Uptown: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – noon

Metairie: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – noon

Monthly Birthday Celebrations (1 – 3 Years)

Cookies and “the song” for all young Parenting Center members with a birthday in that particular month. All are invited to celebrate.

Uptown: Third Friday of each month, 12:30 p.m.

Resource Library

Parents are welcome to check out books and DVDs on a wide variety of parenting topics from the multi-media library. Our staff is here to assist you in selecting a book.

Parent Consultation and Coaching

We offer confidential consultations for individuals and couples, as well as ongoing parent coaching. Call (504) 896-9591 or e-mail chparenting@lcmchealth.org to schedule an appointment. One-time consultation is $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers. Or talk to one of our parent educators by phone any time.


Socialization

Members enjoy socializing with other parents and children in an inviting playroom filled with age appropriate toys/activities, as well as a shaded outdoor play yard and sandbox. Our "drop-in” provides quality playtime for parents (and grandparents) with their children under 4 years of age.

Parental guidance

Members have access to our staff of Parent Educators to discuss parenting issues. The staff's role is to guide and coach parents using practical suggestions to help with the ordinary stresses of raising children from birth through adolescence.

The following topics are commonly discussed:

  • Infant care & concerns
  • Toddler tantrums
  • Setting limits
  • Sleep issues
  • Feeding issues
  • Toilet training
  • Discipline
  • Juggling work & family
  • Parental frustrations
  • Divorce and family stress
  • Single parenting
  • Stepfamilies
  • Ages & stages
  • Sexual curiosity
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Self esteem
  • Adolescence
  • Adoption

Library

The center maintains an extensive library of parenting books and videos that may be checked out by members only. For kids, children's videos are also available for check out.

Classes & activities

Members receive discounts on class fees. We also offer "members-only” programs and activities. Please see our seasonal schedule of classes and activities.

Parenting center mailings

Our schedule of classes and programs is emailed three times a year to members, as well as monthly communications and special events during the year. Click here for the 2019 Spring schedule.