Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Imprints for Families

This is what the folks at Imrpints for Families want you to know:

For nearly forty years Imprints has worked to serve families with babies and young children in our community.

Through home visits and group meetings parents and their children receive the necessary support and education for healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes, early developmental screenings to catch delays and continued educational support to help children start school ready to learn. . Through our programs, we support parents in our community because we believe that family is critical to the success and well being of every child. Our intensive services range from Baby Sign, where you can teach your baby to communicate before he/she can talk, to group parenting classes where you can learn how other parents incorporate learning into the routines of daily life. Our programs and services are all based on the belief that parents are children’s first and best teachers. Imprints can show you how to make the most of your child’s early learning experiences.

Imprints offers intensive parent education and support services to parents with from children birth through five years of age. We use the Parents as Teachers Born to Learn curriculum, a nationally recognized curriculum based on the most current brain research, which provides parents with information on child development and parenting strategies. Services are available in English and Spanish. The following services are included as part of Imprints:
Home VisitsFamilies enrolled in Imprints receive monthly home visits from certified parent educators. The Parents as Teachers curriculum is used to share well-researched child development and parent support information. During the home visit, the parent educator talks with parents and shares activities with them and their children to stimulate child growth and development.

Group Meetings
Imprints offers group meetings on discipline, kindergarten readiness, and other parent-requested topics. Group meetings provide the opportunity for parents to share common parenting concerns and issues in a setting facilitated by a trained parent educator.

Assessments and Screenings
Imprints offers screenings of children’s overall health, hearing, and vision. Parent educators can use the Ages and Stages developmental screening tool as an interactive activity involving parent and child.

Parent educators with Imprints can help families access early intervention and community resources. The parent educator supports parents through the referral process.

Teacher Consultation
Imprints works with licensed child care programs, More-at-Four, Head Start and Title I classrooms to facilitate parent-teacher communication and provide teacher training on a variety of subjects.

Imprints Cares
Imprints also offers a high quaity, competitively priced, before and afterschool program called Imprints Cares. Imprints Cares provides children with a smooth transition to and from the classroom. During the program, Imprints implements developmentally approprite practices through center-based play. Children engage in age-appropriate activities and interact with staff and peers to promote optimal social and emotional develoment. All children are supervised by on-site teachers and teacher assistants, and Imprints provides a nutritious, healthy snack.

Parents who send their children to Imprints Cares feel confident that they are cared for by the same knowledgeable staff who teach them during school hours. Schools benefit from positive feedback from satisfied parents and additional opportunities for their staff. Both parents and schools enjoy the benefits of homework time at school with hands-on teaching support.

For more information visit their web site.