The first six years are the most important for a child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Children and Parents Connecting is committed to supporting children who need it most, to help them to reach their full potential. Through Children and Parents Connecting programs children learn, play and have fun with other children in a supportive environment. Families learn about and connect with resources in their communities.
Through Children and Parents Connecting Programs, parents and caregivers form friendships, share resources and develop skills. Families learn about and connect with resources in their communities.
Program areas include:
- Family Education, Support, and Resources
- Community Development
- Healthy Child Development
Through Children and Parents Connecting programs, communities are strengthened when neighbours work together.
Children and Parent Connecting:
- Supports affordable community-based programs and services, and community development
- Is an active partner in community planning and advocacy efforts
- Offers workshops and supports volunteer leadership development
- Focuses on prevention
- Encourages early investment in children so they get a better start in life
A weekly, year-round parenting support and education program that also links parents to other resources. This program is offered at St. Peters Church in downtown Kitchener and Knox Church in Waterloo. Children attend groups supervised by an Early Childhood Educator, while parents share in informal discussions, resources and a healthy snack.
Floradale Ladies Group
This is a gathering of Low German Speaking, Old Colony Mennonite women who meet and share a community kitchen experience, social activities and discussion of common topics. The children participate at the same time in early learning programming.
Parents and Preschoolers
This program is designed to improve the school readiness of children about to enter Kindergarten. Parents share common activities and receive instruction on how to enhance their child’s learning experience. These programs are offered in several local neighbourhoods many, where thye residents may not have English as their first language
Linwood Ladies Group
This is a gathering of Low German speaking, old colony Mennonite women who meet for sewing activities, parenting discussion and social purposes while their children (0 – 6) play, socialize and participate in age-appropriate and school readiness activities.
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