Grantees: Parent Ed/Support
Parent Education Services and Playgroups
The Family Place requests funding to meet the growing request from families and other community partners for more parent education opportunities and playgroups, through additional and more diverse program offerings. We fulfill a need to provide strength-based parenting education services, so that all parents – including those considered the most vulnerable or high-risk – acquire skills to strengthen their families. Research shows providing supports at the earliest opportunity can make a difference in the strength and health of families and a child’s foundation for future learning.
Good Beginnings of Central Vermont
Expansion of Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
Good Beginnings parent/caregiver circles bring families together to support each other in the unique-but-shared experience of parenting an infant. Anyone caring for an infant is welcome. Each circle is a welcoming, judgment-free space where new parents and caregivers can speak openly and honestly about the challenges and triumphs of the parenting experience, gain support, and build community. Weekend and weekday options help connect new moms and dads alike to a network of peer support that can make the difference during the first few months. Each circle is facilitated by a local parent with support from Good Beginnings staff. Food, drink, and age-appropriate children’s activities and/or child care are provided.
Janet S. Munt Family Room
Healthy Families from the Start
Healthy Families from the Start provides prenatal and postpartum support outside of the traditional social services sector for new parents who are assessed as at risk by local health care providers. This program provides new parents with online and home-based groups, visits, and education from pregnancy through the first 12 weeks postpartum. Both birthing and non-birthing parents receive wrap around care that seamlessly transitions into existing Family Room playgroups and programs as children age. Thanks to our partnership with the Association of Africans Living in Vermont, the majority of families served include former refugees, asylees, and immigrants.
Lawrence Memorial Library
Begin Together: A Parent/Caregiver & Infant Workshop Series
The Lawrence Memorial Library's Begin Together program is a series of 8-week workshops to support new parents/caregivers and infants, offered once in the Fall 2021 and again in the Winter 2022. These workshops are designed to encourages families to engage in age-appropriate activities through singing, games, and movement with a focus on support by professionals in the fields of infant massage, parenting/child development, family literacy, and postpartum healing/yoga. Additionally, parents and caregivers will be invited to learn and understand their child’s development and become confident in their supporting roles. These workshops will develop community connections that will support and nurture families for years to come.
Northeast Kingdom Preschool and Daycare
Families First Advocacy, Building Community, Cultivating Citizenship
Families First is an innovative and exciting program based in rural Vermont that will support local children and families. The guiding principles of Families First will be Advocacy, Building Community and Cultivating Citizenship. The goal is to develop and support the whole family. This program will provide families with therapeutic support, connections with local resources and community agencies, education in the area of child development, provision of practical strategies and exploration of educational and employment opportunities in our region. This program will be based out of a not for profit childcare center located in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Families First will support and nurture families in and around this region.