The NDECPTA connects local families through learning and play to
foster growth at home and in our community.


VP of Programs: Erin Alvarez

Join us the first Thursday of each month in Meaders Hall at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church.  
All daytime meetings include free nursery care for children ages 6 months and older, time to socialize with fellow members, light breakfast and coffee, a short business meeting, and an informative discussion by a guest speaker.


Where are meetings held?

Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church
9027 Midway Road, just south of Northwest Hwy.

Meetings are held in the Chapel building, and Nursery is located in a separate building at the bottom of the hill (on your left as you approach the chapel)


When are the meetings?
Meetings are typically held on the 1st Thursday morning of each month, September through May.


Typical meeting agenda:
9:30 AM Coffee/Light Breakfast
10:00 AM Business Meeting and/or guest speaker
11:30 AM Conclusion

General Meeting Dates and Programs: 

September 5: “Happy Marriage, Happy Kids” by Nell Bush,
                            Ph. D., Child Development Specialist 

Sometimes the culture around us puts so much pressure on positive parenting that our marriages get overlooked.  Family research shows that the marriage relationship actually plays a vital role in the health and well-being of our children, so please join us as we discuss various types of healthy marriages, as well as the best ways to parent as a team while still respecting each other’s unique parenting style.  Sound boring? Well then, let’s throw a little love and sex in there as well!

October 3: “Whole Brain Parenting- No Medical Degree
                     Required” by T
oni Scalise, M.Ed., LPC-S, RPT-S,
                     Corbella Counseling

You are hard-wired for connection, especially with your children and spouses/partners. But what happens when there is a break-down in that connection? Join us as we explore the role that our brain plays in our relationships and our everyday lives. Largely based on Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s book, The Whole-Brain Child, you will learn about those undesirable reactions in your children and yourself which leads to a more whole-hearted connection with your children and those around you. Discover what lies beneath those toddler tantrums (and your own) and the specific techniques that help regulate your child and yourself.

November 7: “Rethinking Resilience” by Kelly Jameson, Ph. D
                            Instagram- @drkellyjameson

Many of us think of resilience as our response after something bad has occurred, but Dr. Kelly Jameson will shed some new light on this topic that brings resilience all the way back to early childhood. Who knew we are shaping resilience with our early parenting choices! It's difficult to imagine your baby being rejected by someone in middle school or not making the club soccer team in high school, but the disappointments are ahead and you can actually help in that process now. Don't miss this event that will change the way you think about your child's activities.

**December 4: Mistletoe Mixer! at The Mercury

Tis the season to bid and shop ‘til you drop!! Join us for our silent auction and raffle benefiting the NDECPTA. We will have yummy bites for you to enjoy while you shop and socialize.

January 9: “Eat Well, Move More, and Sleep Better” by
                   Megan Lyons, Certified Health Coach
                     Instagram- @thelyonsshare

Are you great at taking care of others … but find yourself de-prioritizing what it takes to feel YOUR happiest and healthiest? If so, you won’t want to miss our January meeting. Megan Lyons, owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, will discuss Eating Well (nutrition tips to boost your energy and protect your long-term health), Moving More (strategies to fit movement into even the busiest lifestyle) and Sleeping Better (sleep and stress management tips to help you recharge your batteries). Get your questions about health and wellness answered by an expert who promotes positivity over guilt, whole foods over fad diets, and realistic moderation over perfection.

**February 7 @ 7:30 PM (Evening Speaker, Guests
                                            Welcome): 

   "THE BIRDS AND THE BEES...oh help me, please!"
    Location is TBD

    Presented by Megan Michelson, Birds and Bees 
    Instagram- @birds_bees

Instead of growing up with a blank page, or worse, a page filled with confusion based on media images or porn, what if children grew up knowing the value and purposes of sex? What if they understood the design of birth, conception, and reproduction? And better yet, what if they learned this from conversations with the people who love them the most? We believe parents can be prepared, encouraged, and equipped for these conversations. Bring your spouse, partner, friend, and/or neighbor and join us as Megan Michelson from The Birds & The Bees gives us strategies to talk to our children about sex. Our children deserve more than an awkward conversation at an awkward age.

 March 5: Summer Activities Fair! 

Join us for our annual Summer Activities Fair and come get ideas for planning your kids’ summer activities by visiting with local camps, schools, and businesses.

April 2: “Organizing Kids” by Lorraine Brock, Professional
               Organizer   Instagram- @lorrainebrock.getorganized

Believe it or not, there is a time when kids can learn to pick up after themselves. Join us as Lorraine Brock, President of Get Organized, gives us organization tips when it comes to toy storage, creating age-appropriate chores, laundry organization, and much more.


 May 7: End of the Year Brunch, Gift Market, and
             Silent Auction

Join us for brunch at a local restaurant where we will have a silent auction and raffle full of spring and summer items and activities. This event is a fabulous way to celebrate the “close” of the PTA year and see everyone before summer begins.


** The December Mixer and February Meeting will be held in the evenings at alternate locations that will be specified during the promotion
of the event/meeting!


Is childcare available during the meetings?
During our monthly meetings, a Nursery is available from 9:15 AM - 11:45 AM for children 6 months of age and older. To utilize the nursery, reservations must be made online by noon on Monday prior to each meeting. We can not guarantee walk-ups will be accommodated.

Children under the age of 6 months are welcome to attend the meetings with you.

Fall Nursery:

The nursery for the September, October, and November General Meetings is at no additional cost to members.

Spring Nursery: 

The nursery for meetings in January, March, April, and May will be provided at no additional cost to members.


Snacks are provided to children 18 months and older, and a short program is planned for children 2 years and older.

If you have questions about our nursery, please email our Nursery Chair, Alice Rice.

To make a nursery reservations, visit our Events page (member only access).


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