The first five years of life – starting prenatally – are vitally important for building a strong foundation for lifelong health and well-being. During this critical period of development, a healthy brain forms 700 new neural connections every second, reaching 80% of the size of an adult’s brain by age three. The proposed preventative services will be focused on supporting responsive, nurturing caregiving in a safe, engaging environment. Research shows that fostering healthy brain development creates a strong foundation for children to develop the social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills needed to thrive in school and throughout life.
However, not all children begin life with the same strong foundation. Many children live in families and communities experiencing tremendous social, economic, and environmental challenges – such as poverty, cultural and linguistic isolation, discrimination, unstable housing, barriers to accessing health care, lack of access to high-quality early learning experiences, substance use, mental illness, and family or community violence. Chronic stress and adversity disrupt healthy brain development and increases the risk of child maltreatment and neglect as well as developmental delays, social-emotional or behavioral problems, low educational attainment, and poor health outcomes later in life, such as heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse and depression. The proposed intervention services will target those risk factors and build resiliency in the context of the family.
While babies may not speak their first word for a year, they are born ready to communicate with a rich vocabulary of body movements, cries and visual responses: all part of the complex language of infant behavior. This class will make sense of a language that we ourselves may not have spoken since our earliest moments.
Join us in a supportive environment to strengthen the ability to understand your baby’s cues and responses. Parents or “alloparents” (which includes foster parents, grandparents, or caregivers), will strengthen their attachment and attunement to infants during the sensitive perinatal period.
Sessions will focus on:
- Breastfeeding - Routines
-Talk, Read, Sing -Gentle Sleep
The Happiest Baby promotes three key concepts based on Dr. Harvey Karp’s insights into infant development:
The Missing 4th Trimester – During the first three months after birth, babies need many hours of rocking and holding, mimicking the constant nurturing they enjoyed in the womb.
The Calming Reflex – A newly observed, neonatal reflex that can soothe a young baby’s crying.
The 5 S’s – Five specific ways to imitate the womb and turn on the Calming Reflex.
In this training, educators learn exactly what is needed to know to quickly boost parent confidence and teach valuable skills to quickly calm most crying and to promote better, safer sleep.
The Positive Parenting Program (PPP) helps parents find positive solutions to common childhood behavior issues using strategies proven by more than 35 years of research. The curriculum is based on Triple P, an evidenced-based program that has been shown to promote family harmony, reduce parent-child conflict, foster successful peer relationships, and prepare children for successful experiences at school.
Used by millions of families worldwide, PPP is for any parent looking for more effective ways to:
Raise happy, confident kids
Manage misbehavior so everyone in the family enjoys life more
Set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
Create positive learning environments
Encourage behavior you like
Take care of yourself as a parent
Feel confident you’re doing the right thing