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

VP of Programs: Ashley Flores

Join us for our general meetings in the Fellowship Hall at Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church. All meetings include time to socialize with fellow members, breakfast or apps and coffee/drinks, a short business meeting, and an informative speaker. All morning meetings will have breakfast catered by Snooze! 

Where are meetings held?

Cochran Chapel - United Methodist Church

9027 Midway Road, just south of Northwest Hwy.

Meetings are held in Fellowship Hall in the main church
office building, and the Nursery 
is located just upstairs
from the meeting hall. 

When are the meetings?

Meetings are held on the 1st or 2nd Thursday

of each month, September through May.

Typical meeting agenda:

For Morning Meetings:

9:30 AM Coffee/Light Breakfast & Socialization Time
10:00 AM Business Meeting and Guest Speaker
11:30 AM Conclusion

For Evening Meetings:

7:00PM Light Apps & Socialization Time
7:30PM Business Meeting and Guest Speaker
9:00PM Conclusion

2022-2023 General Meeting Dates
and Programs: 

September 8 (A.M.): "Creating a Successful Bedtime
                                     Routine" with Katie Wolber, Texas
                                     Baby Sleep

Join us as we kick off a new PTA year with Katie Wolber, founder of Texas Baby Sleep. Katie is a mom of three littles (including a new baby girl!). Listen as she gives practical ways to establish a better bedtime routine and answers all your questions as we reassess our family sleep needs.

October 6 (P.M.): "Getting Your Home Holiday-Ready"
                                with Jan Revels, Chateau Concepts

We all want our home in order, and the holidays are a great push to declutter and decorate. Join us as Jan Revels, interior designer and former NDECPTA mom, walks us through how to tackle all the things in our home using tried-and-true methods to make it happen. She will share tips on holiday décor, holiday hosting and making space for all things Christmas.

November 10 (A.M.):  "Taming the Technology Monster"
                                        with HeadFirst Counseling

Technology is an integral part of the world now more than ever. While technology brings innovation, connection, discovery, opportunity, and entertainment to our lives, it can be overwhelming to navigate as a parent. Come and learn about the impact technology has on our kids, how to approach technology as a family, and specific strategies for teaching your child to use technology wisely throughout their development. 

January 12 (A.M.): "Sensory Needs & Our Environment"
                                   with Stacy Wright, Stacy's Sensory

Join us as Stacy Wright, president of Stacy's Sensory Solutions, speaks on recognizing sensory input needs and sensitivities in your child and how to use items in your home to bring comfort and calm to your child. Bring all your questions - Stacy has made it her mission to make everyone in your home feel safe in their own skin.

*February 9 (P.M.): "Parenting Without Power Struggles"                                       with Dr. Nell Bush

We encounter these moments everyday with our children - invitations to power struggles. Dr. Nell Bush, a child development specialist, will speak to us and our spouses on knowing when a child's behavior is "just a phase" or when it needs to be corrected. She will discuss some positive guidance techniques to help us handle daily parenting challenges as our children grow and as we grow as parents.

March 2 (A.M.):  "The Science of Memory & Attention"
                               with Matt Robison

Why is my child bored already? How do I break down and teach smaller steps with humility? Join us as Matt Robison, a clinical psychologist, will discuss the scientific reasoning behind the attention span and memory of children ages birth through preschool. 

April 13 (P.M.):  Book Club Meeting: The Peace Project
                          with author Kay Wills Wyma

We will be reading The Peace Project and joining Kay Wills Wyma, author, blogger, and former White House aid during the Bush administration. A hot Texas summer day, a side-street stand-off with a bossy pick-up truck, and a forced opportunity to practice thankfulness, kindness, and compassion (a key ingredient of mercy) unexpectedly invited soul-peace into Kay Wyma’s day, prompted a Soul30-day experiment and writings that would become The Peace Project.

What could happen if we practiced Thankfulness, Kindness & Mercy each day for 30 days? Our family and some curious friends tried it to see. The results were undeniable.

Research has shown the benefits of thankfulness, kindness & mercy (compassion, forgiveness, and more) individually, but magic occurs when they are practiced together. Putting into action healthy thought patterns, deepens the impact through experience and transforms us at the soul level. Peace shows up and stays for a while.

We called it a Soul30, not a diet or fast, but a feast – for your soul. So much to gain, very little to lose.

*Denotes spouses welcome and a start-time of 6:00PM

Is childcare available during the meetings?
During our monthly meetings that occur in the mornings, Nursery care 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 11:59PM on the Monday prior to each morning meeting. We cannot 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 and November General Meetings is at no additional cost to members.

Spring Nursery: 

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

Snacks are provided to children 12 months and older, and a short program is planned for these children as well.

If you have questions about our nursery, please email our Nursery Chair, Andrea Montillo.

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

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