East Haddam Family Resource Center

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Parent/Provider Workshop

The East Haddam Early Childhood Council is excited to host the following workshop!

MIndful Parenting

March 22, 2016

6:00pm to 7:30pm

East Haddam Elementary School, Room #304

Join with Martha Rouleau, Mindfulness coach, educator and consultant to learn:

  • Simple Explanations: How the brain works and why parents & kids today often feel stressed and anxious, as well as the impact of adult emotions on children.
  • Practical Solutions: Things parents can do to create a more relaxed and happier home by recognizing personal patterns of reacting to others and strengthening relationships.
  • Quick Tips: that can be used in the moment to help families relax, recharge, provide full attention and create happiness.

Simple and powerful solutions for raising creative, engaged and powerful kids in today’s hectic world

Childcare Available

No Cost Workshop

To register email Lauren Kasperowski at lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.com

Indicate age of child(ren) if childcare is requested

 Workshop appropriate for parents, caregivers and childcare providers

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Parent/Provider Workshop

The East Haddam Early Childhood Council is Excited to Present the Following Workshop:

 

Enhancing Speech and Language in the Young Child

 What? Workshop is focused on how to encourage, enhance and develop language in the young child. You will receive play time activities,speech/language enrichment, developmental information, and opportunities to ask questions!

Who? Parents, caregivers, and providers of young children.

 When? Wednesday March 9, 2016. 6:00pm-7:00pm Childcare available!

 Where? East Haddam Elementary School Room 108

 Cost? FREE!

 How? Register by emailing Lauren Kasperowski at lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.com by calling 860-873-3296 or sign up at the Family Resource Center!

When registering, please provide name and age of child if childcare will be used.

 

This workshop will be facilitated by Erin Kaiser, MA, CCC-SLP. Erin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 9 years of experience working with children and adults.

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When Parents Expect Too Much

When Parents Expect Too Much: The Dirty Dozen

Let’s start with three questions:

  1. What percentage of typically-developing 4-year-olds lie?
  2. What percentage of 2-3 year olds have daily temper tantrums?
  3. How many times per hour do 3-7 year old siblings fight?

Why are these questions important? They’re important because when your children engage in misbehavior like these, how you feel about what they’re doing is going to depend on how unusual or bad you think their behavior is. Then, how you manage the situation will depend on how you feel. So, basically, the more unusual or uncalled for you think the behavior is, the more likely you are to get very upset and to handle the situation in an overly harsh—and perhaps even abusive way.

Example: Your 4-year-old son hides candy under his pillow. When you ask him how the candy got to his bed, he says someone else put it there. Your belief or expectation is that lying is totally uncalled for and that very few children of any age lie. So, you wash his mouth out with soap.

Was that a good strategy? No. Why? Here’s the answer to the first question: 90% of 4 year olds lie! A full 90%. The 4-year-old’s brain is more developed than a 2-year- olds (only 20% of 2-year-olds lie), so the older kids can conceive of the possibility that making up a story is one way to get out of trouble. They’re experimenting, which is a normal part of childhood.

Some Behaviors are Normal

The Lesson: Some behavior is bad but it is also normal. Should you ignore bad behavior? Of course not. You need to deal with it but not overreact to it. You need a consistent strategy based on realistic thinking. For each problem behavior answer these two questions: 1) What should I think? and 2) What should I do?

What about tantrums? 20% of 2-3-year-olds have daily tantrums. Use counting or the “Tantrums are for your room” method. Three to seven-year-olds fight on average three to four times per hour. Count both children, and never ask the world’s worst question: “Who started it?”

 Expecting the wrong thing or the impossible from your children makes you upset and less likely to be a good disciplinarian. Two-year-olds don’t read novels. Learn the 12 behaviors that most often trigger goofy parental assumptions in our latest Quick Reference Guide, When Parents Expect Too Much: The Dirty Dozen.

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Playgroup going on now!

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Early Learning Play Group, children ages birth to age 5 can come learn, sing, hear stories and create with others in a play based setting, meets on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00-11:00am.  Classes going on now!

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Preschool Assistance Fund

The East Haddam Early Childhood Council is excited to announce that applications are being accepted for the Preschool Assistance Fund

  • Need help paying for preschool?
  • Have a child who will be four years old by January 1, 2016 (can go to Kindergarten in 2016-17)?
  • Are you and the child East Haddam residents?

The East Haddam Early Childhood Council is announcing the availability of a limited amount of Preschool Assistance Funds (PAF). Preschool Assistance Funds are provided to subsidize the cost of preschool for families in need. Families must meet Reduced Price Lunch income guidelines. Funds are available for use in a private preschool center in East Haddam. Transportation to the preschool program is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Parents or guardians will be responsible for a Family Fee of $15 per week payable to the preschool program. Funds are very limited. Placements will be made as eligible applications are received and verified. First come, first served.

Contact Lauren Kasperowski at lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.com to begin application process (include income level) or for more information.

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Family Resource Center Open House

August 28th from 3:00-4:00pm

East Haddam Elementary School

45 Joe Williams Road, Moodus

Bring your children in for fun activities while meeting other kids and learning about free programs for children ages birth to 5!

The East Haddam Early Childhood Council is dedicated to connecting parents and other caregivers with appropriate resources to ensure that all children within our community from birth to age 5 are provided opportunities that will enhance school readiness

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East Haddam

Family Resource Center

A place to gather, connect and learn more about how your child is developing.  All programs are FREE! 

Check out our website, eheccfrc.wordpress.com for up to date program information or “Like” us on Facebook

~Early Learning Play Group, children ages birth to age 5 can come learn, sing, hear stories and create with others in a play based setting.

~Kindergarten Readiness Program, for children ages 3 ½ and up.  This program will allow children preparing for Kindergarten along with their caregivers to enhance their development in areas such as creative expression, cognitive development, executive functioning, language and literacy development and social and emotional development.

For more information email or call Early Childhood Coordinator, Lauren Kasperowski at lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.net or 860-873-3296 with any questions. The Family Resource Center is located in the East Haddam Elementary School, 45 Joe Williams Road.

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Family Resource Center Programs begin September 15, 2014

Early Learning Play Group, children ages birth to age 5 can come learn, sing, hear stories and create with others in a play based setting, meets on Mondays and Fridays from 10:00-11:00am.

Registration is not necessary.  Email or call Early Childhood Coordinator, Lauren Kasperowski at lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.net or 860-873-3296 with any questions.  The Family Resource Center is located in East Haddam Elementary School, 45 Joe Williams Road, Moodus.  See you there!

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Little Language Learners Group

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Little Language Learners
Learn how to encourage language while playing with your child. The group is facilitated by a speech-language therapist. The sessions are designed to be educational in nature but are not language therapy. Information on typical development and activities to enhance language skills will be shared. Program is focused on children ages 9 months through 4 years. FREE. Six week session. Siblings welcome.
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am beginning April 9, 2014. Registration Required. Group will be held at the Family Resource Center in East Haddam Elementary School. To register or for more information on programs at the Family Resource Center email or call Early Childhood Coordinator, Lauren Kasperowski at 860-873-3296 or lauren.kasperowski@yahoo.com Please indicate the age of the child and if siblings will be present.

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Upcoming Parent/Provider Workshop

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Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children

This training will help you:

• change the way you view and react to challenging behavior

• understand what your child’s behavior is communicating

•learn how to use positive behavior supports to encourage the

development of new communication skills

• develop practical strategies for promoting children’s success

Wednesday March 5, 2014 from 6-7pm

East Hampton Public Library

105 Main Street #1

East Hampton, CT

Registration is required. Childcare is available upon request with registration.

Please contact Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at

1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information.

Visit http://www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration to register.

 

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