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 for our general meetings in the Meaders Hall at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church. All daytime meetings include time to socialize with fellow members, light breakfast and coffee, a short business meeting, and an informative 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)

**Denotes evening meetings that will be held in other locations, which will be specified with the promotion of the meeting.

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 & Socialization Time
10:00 AM Business Meeting and/or Guest Speaker
11:30 AM Conclusion
General Meeting Dates and Programs: 

September 9: "School Placement: Finding the Right Fit

  For Your Child" with Waverly Wilson 

    Perfect Placement Consulting

Waverly has been helping families navigate the private school admission process since 1999.  Waverly's experience and expertise in private school admission have made her a go-to resource for parents and school administrators alike. She works with families locally, nationally, and internationally to sort through the many school choices available and to empower her clients to go confidently into the admission process. Join us as she talks about how to find the right fit for your individual child’s education, with tips on the application process.

October 7: "3 Pillars of Good Health"

    with Dr. Albert G. Karam 

    Board-Certified Pediatrician

Please join our October meeting as Dr. Karam speaks on the 3 Pillars of Good Health: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep. Dr. Karam is a board-certified pediatrician who has been lovingly referred to as "Dr. Al, the Kiddie's Pal '' in Dallas for over 35 years. He has received multiple awards, is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical School, and featured on numerous national and local media outlets. His talk will be focused on infants - toddlers, with a special emphasis on sleep, as it's often the most ignored of topics when good health is discussed. Dr. Karam has also published a nutrition guide for parents on first foods and encouraging good nutrition which he will share with us.

November 4: "Holiday Gift Guide"

with Sarah Kreditor Davis

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start making our lists and checking them twice!! Join us as Sarah Kreditor Davis, owner of Eat.Play.Move. discusses Holiday Gift Guides: what to look for when buying toys and great toys for different age groups. Sarah is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist (MS OTR/L) and the owner of Eat.Play.Move., which provides Parent and Me classes and playgroups in the Dallas area and occupational therapy services in client’s homes, daycare or schools. After searching for classes for her own daughters that focused on development and education she decided to create her own that were fun and purposeful for the community. Let’s let Sarah help us get our gift lists organized for 2021! 

January 6: Dr. Stacy Sutton, PT DPT WCS CLT 

   Licensed Physical Therapist

Dr. Sutton treats and helps women with pelvic related issues and is a board-certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association and is the founder of Sutton Health Advocacy LLC, which is a physical therapy company. Basically she helps with pee problems, poop problems, and intimacy problems and let's be honest, who doesn’t have at least one of those issues! Please join us as Dr. Sutton talks about our pelvic health as women and mothers.


**February 4: “Who Can You Trust” 

           with Dr. Yorom Solomon - Professional            Member of the National Speakers Association,            a TEDx speaker, and an Adjunct Professor at            Southern Methodist University

NDECPTA invites you and your spouse to join us for our night time meeting with Dr. Yoram Solomon. Imagine the consequences of trusting someone you shouldn’t. Now imagine the consequences of not trusting someone you should. How can you tell the difference? Based on his research, 13-time author Dr. Yoram Solomon will explain the 7 laws of trust, the 6 components of the new relative and dynamic trustworthiness model, and based on those, how to develop a mental checklist that will help you discern who you should trust from those you shouldn’t.

March 3: Book Club

How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen

by Joanna Faber & Julie King 

Join us for our first ever book club meeting! Be sure to read (or re-read) How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber & Julie King before the meeting. We will have discussion points and great conversations over this must-read as a parent of young children. And if you don’t read beforehand, because you have little kids…, come anyway and learn the key points!!

April 7: "Love and Logic" with Amy Egan

       Love and Logic Trained Facilitator & Life Coach 

Ever wish you had a better strategy to deal with whining, mealtime battles, or a toddler that just won’t stay in bed? Amy will teach us how to handle misbehavior without breaking a sweat, teach kids to listen the first time, and how to avoid power struggles using the Love and Logic method.  

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 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, February, March, and April 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, Haley O’Connor.

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

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