Par­ent-Child Mother Goose Pro­gram Grows

Stanstead Journal - - AROUND TOWN - Rich­mond Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Town­ship­pers' As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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