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.
Healthy Lamoille Valley
Healthy Lamoille Valley Parent Cafe
Parent Café – Healthy Lamoille Valley under the fiscal agency of the Lamoille Family Center would like to partner to create a series of parent cafes to address issues impacting youth in our region that contribute to substance abuse. This program would allow us to create a model of 8 parent cafes focused on providing parents of 5th -9th grade students the skills to have meaningful conversations around protective factors based on the Youth Thrives/Strengthening Families model to prevent substance abuse. Topics will include parental connections, NEAR Sciences and what it means for parents, youth brain development, youth resilience, youth relationships 101, local supports for parents of teens, substances 101 and stress management.
Lund's Children's Services
Lund's Children’s Services program provides parenting education and assistance to caregivers and children under age 6 in their homes or at Lund . The target population is low and very low income families in Chittenden County. This grant would support expansion of our services to families who are particularly vulnerable due to substance use disorder. Families transitioning from treatment are often particularly at risk and this program would target services to those families. The goals of the program are to reduce child abuse and neglect, promote knowledge of healthy child development, and ensure that parents are connected to community resources, social supports and organizations that will ensure healthy, safe family functioning.
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.
Prevent Child Abuse Vermont
Reading to Infants for a Healthy Start
"Reading to Infants for a Healthy Start," is a program created to support parents in caring for babies from birth forward. The two high quality board books, "Sleep Baby: Safe and Snug" and "Calm Baby Gently," will be distributed to all new parents. The first book, "Sleep Baby: Safe and Snug" will be distributed at Birthing Units and from midwives to promote safe sleep practices through pictures and words, decreasing the likelihood of parents rolling over on babies during sleep. Secondly, "Calm Baby Gently" will be distributed at the time of the two week check up at Pediatric offices, Family Practices and Wellness Centers. This book is written not only to be read to infants but also to help parents learn how to safely calm baby.
Steps to End Domestic Violence, Inc.
Kids' Club and Moms' Empowerment Program
We are implementing 2 proven models, Moms' Empowerment program & Kids' Club. Group-facilitated at the same time, once a week for 10 weeks, 4 times a year, both programs provide support to mothers & their children who have been recently affected by domestic violence by empowering them to discuss the impact of intimate partner violence on their child(ren)'s development; build parenting competence, provide a safe place to discuss parenting fears & worries; & build connections for the mother in the context of a supportive group while simultaneously enhancing their child's sense of safety by creating a common vocabulary of emotions for making sense of violence, managing emotions, family relationship paradigms, & conflict & its resolution.
Sunrise Family Resource Center, Inc.
Dads Create, Part II
We seek to build upon our experience and knowledge received via the current Dads Create group and put it into practice and expand upon it. We know that the more fathers who know how to play with their children in age appropriate ways and focus on the joy of being a parent, the better for our entire community. These sessions will increase fathers’ awareness of controlling, abusive, and neglectful attitudes and behaviors and understand how different fathering strategies and choices affect children. Dads Create's attendance continues to grow and we do not want to lose our momentum.
Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development
In collaboration with our local office of the Vermont Department Of Health, and Turning Point of Windham County, The Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development (WPC) has trained peer support coaches as postpartum doulas to support expectant and new birth parents in recovery. This pilot program involves multiple organizations utilizing existing structures and strengths in our community. The potential impacts of this support for birth parents in recovery and their children, and the growth and development of a supportive community is worth investigating. With success, this would be a model that could be transferred to communities across the state.