Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Grows
Following a successful trial run in the Val-Saint-François MRC, the National Parent-Child Mother Goose Program took a giant step forward in the Eastern Townships when 17 new animators received training to bring the program to young children and parents in English-speaking communities in Quebec. The Mother Goose Program boosts the confidence of new parents while helping children, between the ages of 0 and 3, to develop language and communication during their crucial early years. Held at a relaxed pace and in a supportive atmosphere, trained animators work with parents to connect with their children through rhymes, songs and stories in a group setting. The program’s group gatherings offer families the chance to meet others, helping to break isolation. For the past two years Townshippers’ Association and the Richmond & Region Community Learning Centre (CLC), with the support of the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) and Val Famille, has been test-driving the community-based support program among parents and caregivers of young children in the Richmond area.
on the success and benefits of the program in developing positive family patterns and helping to strengthen communities, partners of the Richmond project agreed to continue the program locally and introduce it in other regions where there is a substantial English-speaking community. The training workshop was offered in Richmond on April 8th and 9th to animators from communities in the Estrie area including Asbestos, Bury, Danville, Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), Shipton and Stanstead.