Testimonials About Raising Kids, More than a Mommy & Me

Conversation with Don Rossmoore and Lisa Lainer

Don Rossmoore sat down with Lisa Lainer, to talk about her experience as an ECPC parent.

Don: Why were you looking for a parenting program? I mean here you are a PhD in psychology. Why did you want this?

Lisa: What I realized is that while I felt pretty confident in myself and my skills out in the real world, after having a child none of those things would help me. It was like “now what do I do?” I had a colicky infant and I didn’t feel very confident. I didn’t know if the things that I were doing were helpful or if there were other things that I could be doing that would be more helpful. And all the child development research that I had done as part of my schooling wasn’t particularly helpful. So I needed a place that would give me tools and structure and some advice. And really that’s what I found at ECPC
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“To the wonderful people at ECPC,

I wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all you have done to help Melanie and I grow. As a new mom, I came to ECPC feeling very lost as a mother. I am so grateful for all the guidance you have provided to instill confidence in me as a parent.

Thank you for honoring and celebrating who Melanie is….you have provided such specialized care to support Melanie’s comfort in her surroundings and overall development. I will miss watching how she eases in and the joy and excitement she has by the end of the day during her FAVORITE song time.

ECPC has become a home for Melanie and I over the past year. Each and every one of you welcomed us with so much compassion and enthusiasm. I am so sad to end, but feel grateful and more prepared for our next journey into preschool!”

-Lauren A., June 2013


“As a mother who attended a plethora of parenting, toddler and baby classes, I cannot tell you how invaluable ECPC has been to my son and me. Living on the Westside, we all succumb to preschool hysteria. We started the class when my son was about 15 months old and I wish we would have started sooner. The best part of the class is that it is held entirely outdoors and the ratio of instructors/trained clinical staff to children is very high (2:1).

“I believe ECPC is an incredible organization of dedicated professionals. The kindness, tolerance and love of children that this organization teaches and practices provide immeasurable benefits to the families who are fortunate enough to experience it.

My 3 year old daughter Katy has been in the program since she was a year and a half and I enrolled my son, Jake, who is 9 months, in the program when he was born.

Before being a Mom, I was/am an attorney and I worked extremely long and hard hours for many years. But, my previous career never prepared me for the difficult parts of being a parent, like ECPC has. I have learned to advocate for my child on the playground, how to handle melt-downs with a hug, and how to observe and nurture my children so they can be the best that they can be. I have made wonderful friendships with other Moms who have created a loving community for my son and daughter to have sweet friends in these tender years, all thanks to ECPC.

This was all a bonus to me (and my husband who learned by osmosis from me) as all I was looking for originally was a great Mommy and Me class for my daughter.

I am so thankful to the incredible teachers, staff and interns who are so devoted to the well-being of our children and community.

In sum, New Moms/Dads, your hour and a half in the shade of the patio or inside the infant room at ECPC each week will inspire your whole week and make your children extremely happy kids!”

-Lori M., May 2012


“As a mother who attended a plethora of parenting, toddler and baby classes, I cannot tell you how invaluable ECPC has been to my son and me. Living on the Westside, we all succumb to preschool hysteria. We started the class when my son was about 15 months old and I wish we would have started sooner. The best part of the class is that it is held entirely outdoors and the ratio of instructors/trained clinical staff to children is very high (2:1).

From day one, the staff is watching your child as they play in the yard to look for developmental delays or behavioral problems. The format of the class includes staying with your child during a 20 minute play session, sitting for snack and a book, then the moms/dads leave the kids to go to the “mommy circle” to discuss issues ranging from sleeping, eating, separation anxiety, travel, etc. There is no fixed topic, therefore, the moms/dads can ask any questions. After that they sing songs and say goodbye. At the end of a block of classes, the staff gives a thorough synopsis and feedback of the progress you and your child have made throughout the session.

Barbara, Susan and Gloria definitely forge a connection with each family and genuinely case about everyone. I was recently on bed rest and they did everything they could to accommodate my needs and to check in on me frequently. I cannot say that about any of the other 5 classes I attended with my son.

I would recommend ECPC without any reservations to any prospective parents looking for a toddler group.”

-Lilian T., April 2012


“I want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the toddler parenting class. My son started at ECPC about a year and half ago and has blossomed into a confident, curious little boy. He loves playing at ECPC and knows most of his toddler friends by name, All of the adult “helping friends” are so helpful, playful and professional.

ECPC is a great place for parents to ask questions about stages in child development and address concerns and issues. It is a place to receive parenting support and candid advice. I am comforted to be in such a group where differences are embraced and accepted.

As my son ‘graduates’ this year, I know he will go on to preschool with bigger and stronger wings having been through this program. Thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement to help my son become so well adjusted. ECPC is truly a gem in the community.”

-Vivian K., May 2012


“My husband and I have participated in groups at ECPC for the past 2.5 years with our daughter, Eva. We feel so fortunate to be connected with ECPC and feel as though we are better parents because of it. Our whole family has learned things and benefited from ECPC because we always share what we learn with Eva’s grandmother and aunts.

ECPC focuses on the development of each individual child and provides parents with practical advice to help their child succeed and thrive. The support from ECPC empowers parents. Children receive nurturing and fun filled playtime during our group time. The group leaders really know each child and are able to help them explore their interests.

For us, ECPC has been a safe, loving place to spend quality time with Eva where we receive support as parents and the children grow. As Eva gets ready for preschool, we only wish ECPC has a preschool!”

-Casey R., May 2012


“Joining ECPC was one of the best decisions I made as a new parent. I value the time I have to talk with other parents about all the unknowns that come with raising children and the group leaders are such a source of comfort and knowledge. I have been able to watch my son grow from an infant into a toddler along with all the other children in our playgroup. It has been such a special experience to watch his transformation and see him develop his very first friendships.

Coming to playgroup is the highlight of my entire week. It gives me a chance to talk about my feelings and challenges and gives my son the opportunity to socialize, play and discover new experiences. I am truly grateful to ECPC for providing such a valuable outlet for both children and new parents.”

-Elizabeth H., May 2012