The workshop is coming to the Manchester Learning Center beginning Saturday, March 4th. The online application is now open for all parents who are expecting or have a child under four years old. Apply here.
Some days being a dad or mom can be a real challenge. We believe being a parent is a lot easier when we’re not doing it alone. That’s why we’ve created the BrightStart Parenting Workshop. It’s a place where you and other parents of young children can learn from people with experience and expert knowledge of the needs of children. You can ask questions, and your kids will have a lot of fun.
Building Healthy Families is sponsoring training events for everyone who volunteers with either the BrightStart Workshop or the Imagination Playground. Our Winter Volunteer Training Events will occur on Thursday evenings, February 9th or March 2nd from 7-9pm or Saturdays mornings, February 18th or 25th from 9-11am at The Learning Center, located at 42 Prospect Street in Manchester.
There will be three training modules:
Imagination Playground Associate Training — Supervising the Imagination Playground looks simple, but volunteers need some simple principles to help children get the most from the Imagination Playground.
Vision and Values Seminar — This seminar is designed to inspire and equip all our volunteers. We’ll hear a message from Efrem Smith to encourage us to stand in the gap for the children and parents of Manchester. We believe all people are created in the image of God, and as such are worthy of our love, respect and best efforts to help them. We’ll share helpful information to increase our awareness and sensitivity to the social, economic and cultural differences among members of our community. Our guest speaker, Monique Sanders, wiil share from her life and her experiences working with children and their families in Manchester.
Child safety Training — This training covers the principles and procedures Building Healthy Families uses to keep children and our volunteers safe. It is recommended for everyone, and mandatory for everyone working with children in a classroom setting.
This Spring a special series on Practical Parenting will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30pm. We will be offering the talks at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center at 153 Spruce Street in Manchester. We will have a full program for children across the street at the Nathan Hale Building cafeteria. Activities for children will include the Imagination Playground and other fun activities and crafts. The theme for this series is "Discipline: What's Healthy for your Child and for You?"
Visit the Imagination Playground at our playground events. Check out our calendar for events around Manchester.
As parents, we are the center of our young child’s world. How we respond to them has an enduring impact. When they are little we can spend so much time trying to meet our children’s physical needs that we don’t have space to think about what they need from us emotionally. Circle of Security Parenting Groups are designed to give parents a 'map’ for understanding and responding to their children’s emotional needs. Research shows that parents who are able do this in a loving and consistent way give their children an amazing start in life.
Circle of Security Parenting