[Jane receiving an award at a family support retreat in 2009.]
This is one of the best parts of my job, as I have the privilege of witnessing so many incredible parents and caregivers learn alongside their children, preparing them for success in school and in life.
Here are some photos from my visit:
Megan and Ben talk about the names of vehicles as he stamps them on his paper. When parents or caregivers interact in this way with their children, it strengthens attachment and increases vocabulary, important precursors of healthy social-emotional development and academic success. Our open-ended art projects allow Ben the freedom to explore art materials and determine the scope and design of his work; this builds confidence and lasting creativity.
Payton plays with a stacking toy as her mom watches nearby. As she does this, Payton is developing her gross-motor skills (like hand-eye coordination). She is also learning to play independently of her mom, which involves separating from and then reuniting with her, an important social-emotional skill for toddlers.
Paree experiments with bird seed, funnels, and wheels. This scientific exploration is reinforcing pathways in her brain that will later help her learn math and science concepts.
Judy paints Parker’s foot in preparation for a group painting project. In our Play and Learn groups, parents and caregivers have the opportunity to practice skills and try out projects that can be replicated at home. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first and best teachers.