Connecting families with young children through fun and learning

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New moms and moms-to-be gathered for a “Baby Shower” March 6 at the CDF’s new Parents as Teachers’ Play and Learn apartment at Willow Branch Apartments.

CDF staff enjoyed holding the babies while the moms played baby bingo and other baby shower games and got to know each other while enjoying refreshments in the cozy living room. 

Mothers listened to a short presentation on breastfeeding and shared their own experiences. Each mom received books and baby gifts.

The mothers told us they wanted more opportunities like the Baby Shower — and so, they will be involved in planning group connections (all with learning and fun!)  at the CDF Play and Learn apartment.

CDF hosted an open house for our neighbors at Willow Branch apartments and PAT families who live in Clarkston Sunday, May 6.

Over 100 adults and children attended and enjoyed meeting other families.  The children made friends easily as they read, drew pictures, put together puzzles, played with blocks, and sang songs.

In addition to the group connections, CDF Parents as Teachers offers personal visits to the families in their homes to provide information about  child development, health and safety, and to help prepare the family to be their children’s first and best teacher and advocate.

The parent educators provide families with information on developmental milestones, help families observe their child’s growth and development, help create a home learning environment, and share information about early education opportunities.  They bring age appropriate books and demonstrate for the family members how to talk, sing, tell stories, and read to children from birth to age 5 – in their own language and in English.

The CDF family advocate helps the PAT families access community services and supports, such as health, job training, English classes, employment, and to meet other Clarkston citizens who can be of help.    PAT families are connected to other community activities, such as the newly formed food coop at the Clarkston Community Center and the Community Transformation Training being planned by CDF, CFBC-Community Development Center, Inc. and the Clarkston First Baptist Church.

Want to get involved?

We can use donations of baby, toddler, and pre-kindergarten  items and toys in good condition (e.g., wooden blocks, pull toys, wooden puzzles, books).

Have a special skill or talent?  Let us know.

For more information and to donate, call 404-736-6602

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