Lee’s Summit Cares announces Parent University
Lee’s Summit Cares recently announced its lineup of parenting classes and workshops starting this fall and continuing into 2018.
Parent University classes and workshops are aimed to help parents and families bridge gaps, establish long-term, positive outcomes and spur discussion between parents and children. Each class is taught by experts in their field, and “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” sessions are developed by the Cline Fay Institute.
Parent University lead facilitator and Lee’s Summit resident Kerri Gray said she recommends all parents attend these courses.
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“Children don’t arrive with instruction manuals and each stage of development creates new questions and challenges for parents,” Gray said. “These workshops are designed to provide parents with ideas and strategies to help reduce the stress in raising children.”
The “Love and Logic” series kicks off Oct. 2 with “Early Childhood Made FUN.” Classes will run each Monday through Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center, located at 905 N.E. Bluestem Drive near the Legacy Park Community Center.
On Nov. 7, another five-week course will start specific to parenting youth ages 11-18. That course will meet each Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Bernard Campbell Middle School, located at 1201 N.E. Colbern Road.
Future classes in 2018 will focus on parents of youth ages 10-19 and for parents of children of all ages.
Lee’s Summit Cares also offers individual workshops taught by Gray and other experts. The first of workshop, “Positive Discipline Strategies for the Early Years,” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center.
Starting on Sept. 15, the nonprofit will also offer an online-only class called “Intro to Mindful Parenting 101,” facilitated by Robin Todd. The class is designed to reduce stress and teach parents how to be more present in their daily lives. Another class, “Adolescent Brain Development,” is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Summit Lakes Middle School, located at 3500 S.W. Windemere Drive, and is focused for parents during teen transition into adulthood.
For more information, call Lee’s Summit Cares at 816-347-3298 or visit www.lscares.org.
I-470 will have two lanes open during daytime hours
Due to the immense traffic volumes along Interstate 470 during the day, the Missouri Department of Transportation recently decided to move the I-470 crossover build to a nighttime operation, leaving two lanes of traffic on I-470 open during peak daytime hours.
The change should not impact the construction schedule for the I-470 bridge rehabilitation work and motorists will still encounter two lanes of traffic along I-470 during the duration of the project.
I-470 has been reduced to one lane overnight from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. now through mid-November and will re-open to two lanes for morning rush hours. View High Drive on and off ramps will remain closed.
MoDOT said this phase of the project reduces I-470 to two lanes in each direction from just east of the Cedar Creek Bridge to west of the Little Blue River Bridge near View High Drive. During this time, westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound side of I-470. Crews will be making repairs on the bridges at Little Blue River, View High Drive and Cedar Creek.
Commute times are expected to increase. MoDOT strongly urges motorists to plan ahead and find alternate routes if necessary.
The work is part of the extensive I-470 bridge rehabilitation work ranging from the Three Trails Crossing to I-70.
MoDOT opens Bannister Road bridge over Missouri 350
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Bannister/Colbern Road bridge over Missouri 350 has opened to traffic.
The bridge was closed at the end of May. Upon starting to rebuild the structure, MoDOT said crews found several other repairs that were needed which had extended the project.