PVHS (Poudre Valley Health System) has several upcoming informational workshops for parents. Visit the PVHS website for a calendar of current classes.
The Colorado State University "Parenting Young Children Project" is seeking families with 1.5-2.5 year old children that have low income and are struggling with high levels of stress in their lives.
We hope to learn from these families about what works for them: how they handle big challenges as well as small, daily challenges, especially in the parenting of toddlers. The ultimate goal is to better understand parent-child interactions in order to improve prevention and intervention programs for families.
This study involves questionnaires and observing parents and children as they interact with each other (play and solve puzzles) in our laboratory. We make every effort to ensure that families feel comfortable during each 1 hour and 15 minute session. Families are asked to come 3 times over a 1 1/2 year period, and are compensated for their time ($110-115 total for one parent, $200 total if both parents participate). This is a 5-year project funded by NIH that has been approved by the CSU ethics board. We will be recruiting 200 families over the next year or so.
Erika S. Lunkenheimer, PhD Assistant Professor Human Development and Family Studies Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570 Phone: 970.491.2794 Fax: 970.491.7975 http://parentchild.colostate.edu/
The Thompson School District's Early Childhood program is piloting a new program for families. It is a family play and learn time for babies and toddlers. It is an opportunity for families to come together weekly for early literacy activities including stories, songs/fingerplays and concept games. It also allows time for parents to connect with each other and early childhood staff to discuss today's parenting issues. Weekly sessions are taking place at Monroe Early Childhood, Madison Early Childhood Center and at Lago Vista Mobile Home Park. More information can be found on the flyer below.