Together From The Start

An HRC Program for Families of Infants and Toddlers Birth to 36 Months

Come join our parent training classes facilitated by HRC therapists and specialists who are knowledgeable in infant and toddler development. These classes are informative and educational for the parent while offering the child a chance to interact socially with other children. You'll meet other parents to share information and experiences with, and have the opportunity to check out books and videos from our Resource and Assistive Technology Center, and toys from the Toy Lending Library.

  • Classes are offered at HRC's Torrance or Long Beach locations
  • Available to your child who is a client of Harbor Regional Center.
  • Maximum registration: 4 classes per month.
  • Please do not bring siblings who are not regional center clients, as we do not have child care available
  • Open to moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers
  • Some classes are held multiple times, in the morning or afternoon, so pick up a Together From The Start monthly calendar in the HRC Resource Center for specific times, or call your Counselor for details .
  • Please register for any of these classes by calling Jessica Avila at (310) 792-4721 or Kathie at (310) 792-4597.

Harbor Regional Center
21231 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance 90503
HRC Long Beach Training Center map
1155 San Antonio Drive, Long Beach 90807 map

Mommy/Daddy and Me Mondays

(12 months to 36 months)
Babies and toddlers love to socialize while playing. Come enjoy a playtime that includes: songs, music, movement and books. These activities will stimulate your chidl's development and can be used at home. Increase your understanding of your child's unique abilities, while having fun! Facilitated by the HRC Early Childhood specialist.

1st and 3rd Mondays in Torrance 9:30 - 11:00 am or 1:00 - 2:30 pm
2nd and 4th Mondays in Long Beach 9:30 - 11:00 am

Talking Tots

(24 to 36 months)
Come participate in these fun, enjoyable, and highly beneficial classes, provided in a series of four sessions and led by a Speech Pathologist who is experienced with infants and toddlers. You will learn how to build and enhance your child's speech and language skills during everyday activities, making communication even more fun and rewarding for all.

Talking Tots is offered as a series. We ask that you register only once for this series so that other families may have a chance to participate.

Session One: Book Day. This session will focus on helping you get the most outof your story time by focusing on building language vocablulary, and rhyming to encourage speech sound development.

Session Two: Puzzle Day. Puzzles cn play a major role in receptive and expressive language development. We will focus on the use of puzzles in all stages of language development.

Session Three: Theme of the Week. This session will be filled with creativity to help you understand and identify how you cn provide your child language stimulation all day, every day, by implementing themes in your own schedule of daily activities.

Session Four: Play. Play is an important developmental skill. The focus will be on play ideas that build your toddler's speech and language skills using a variety of activities: toys, music and movement, rhymes and pretend play.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, Torrance 9:00 - 10:15 or 10:30- 11:45am
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Long Beach 9:00 - 10:15 or 10:30 - 11:45am

Wee One Wednesdays

( 0-12 months)
Come and bring your baby to a fun-filled music and movement class that empasizes gross and fine motor development. Use of music, song, and movement with developmentally appropriate toys will be modeled and explained, so that parents can gain knowledge and strategies to use at home.
2nd Wednesday in Long Beach 9:30 - 11:00am
3rd Wednesday in Torrance 9:30 - 11:00 am ( subject to change call for specific date and time)

Thursdays are for Child's Play

(18 to 36 months)
Come and see how you can capture your child's attention! You and your child will enjoy a fun, bonding experience while engaging in music and movement activities, finger plays, books, art activities, and play with developmentally appropriate toys. There will be many ideas and activities to take home and use. These groups are facilitated by HRC Early Childhood Specialist.

2nd Thursday in Long Beach 9:30 - 11:00 am
3rd Thursday in Torrance 9:30 - 11:00am

Infant Massage

(Birth to 12 months) No walkers please!
Create a Bond for Life: Parents bring your infant, and learn how to incorporate massage into your daily routine, for he benefit of you and your child. Benefits include stimulation, relaxation, interaction, and relief from discomfort. Class is facilitated by a certified instructor of infant massage, and runs for four consecutive weeks.

Offered in January, April, and July at our Torrance and Long Beach locations. Call Jessica @ 310 792-4721 for schedule.

Tiny Talkers

(18-24 months)
Parents will learn how to facilitate their child's communication and social skills through this play-based class. Classes are held in a group setting using fun activities and toys. This class focuses on pre-linguistics like pointing and imitation, which are crucial for language development. This is offered monthly at our Torrance and Long Beach locations. Call Jessica @ 310 792-4721 for schedule.

Imagination Station

(24 - 36 months)
Multi-sensory exploration and play in a structured environment is a fun way to help our little ones learn. Creativity and imagination bloom during the twos. This class will give you ideas on how to encourage those skills at home. Offered the Third Tuesday of the month in Torrance at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. Call Jessica @ 310 792-4721 to confirm schedule.

Learning Cafe

Parents, please come, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while discussing important parenting topics with speakers, and most importantly, with each other.
The Cafe will be open typically the last Thursday of each month in Torrance, from 9:00 - 10:00am

It is important to always pre-register for classes. That way, if for any reason a class needs to be cancelled or postponed, we can contact you and let you know.

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