"The Pacella Parent Child Center has been the most incredibly helpful resource. I am a much more confident mother as a result of this group....It's a lot about gaining insight into what your child is triggering in you so you can try to change and better help him or her. Rather than waiting for a major problem to surface, you continually work to make adjustments in your own behavior. I am so much more assertive with my son and not as afraid to hold my authority. I believe he is much more secure - and confident as a result." Read more at her blog post.
"The weekly sessions attended at the Pacella Parent Child Center over the course of three years have been the most enriching of all the early childhood programs my child and I have ever enrolled in. From early infancy, my daughter interacted with an intimate and caring group of specialists in early childhood development while learning how to play and socialize with other children her age. The team of specialists was superb; the atmosphere always warm and conducive to making any child blossom. For me, saying that the experience transcended my expectations would be an understatement. The mothers' group led by a highly personable and competent psychologist did more than merely provide guidance and support for uncertainties and anxieties a new mother may feel. The discussions helped me become the mother I never thought I could be, and set me on the right track for a supportive, loving, and healthy lifetime relationship with my child."
"My experience at the Pacella Parent Child Center exceeded my hopes. One cannot underestimate the value of continuity for both mothers and children. I felt like I was “parented” myself as I negotiated the logistics and emotions of motherhood. Throughout my involvement in the groups, I have received validation, emotional support, a parenting resource and practical parenting tips.
My now five-year-old daughter still cherishes her experiences in the group. Throughout the three years, she developed a special fondness and closeness to the teachers and other children. Rather than just talking about developmentally appropriate ways to understand and communicate with our children, we had the opportunity to watch “experts” play with them. They also provided helpful input about my daughter’s emerging personality and temperament and, thus, could respond to my questions and concerns based on their comprehensive understanding of her.
I highly recommend the Pacella Parent Child Center for any mother who is seeking a deeper and richer experience than most parenting groups."
"I wanted to let you all know I had my first Pacella 'graduate' enrolled in our summer program this year. She is noticeably different from the other children. She's a remarkably comfortable and socially adjusted child. We all observed how well she relates to others and how calm and confident she is. When I found out she was a 'Pacella' baby I thought what a pity every child can't have this advantage, the world would be a better place."
"I wish I could quantify how amazing this playgroup has been for me and my daughter. As a new mom, it was a continuous wellspring of helpful information about feeding, sleeping, potty training, you name it. It was my really honest go-to place for checking in about all my fears about my child's development and my parenting. There were phenomenal leaders who engaged my daughter in play to explore the world, understand sharing, and prepare her for a new sibling. And I met other moms with whom I have a really deep bond after sharing 3 years of our children's growth together."
From a mother in the program for one year:
"The Parent Child groups at the Pacella Parent Child Center have completely changed my feelings about motherhood by providing my daughter and me with a place where we feel nurtured in the most caring way by complete professionals. Our mother-child dynamic went from major tantrums to learning how to deal with the outbursts to times of joy with my child that didn’t exist as readily before. I truly believe that the group has made a positive imprint on my daughter and me for the rest of our lives, and has revolutionized my experience as a mom, and for this I will be grateful."