[HCCN] PR: Machias Parenting ABC's

Candy Eaton children at downeasthealth.org
Wed Aug 3 13:05:51 EDT 2011

August 3, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE 
RELEASE..................................*a pdf poster is available upon 
CONTACT:/Candy Eaton, Program Director
Downeast Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605/
/207-667-5304, ext. 261; //children at downeasthealth.org/ 
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>


*"Maine Children's Trust Awards Nurturing Parenting grant
to the Downeast Children's Council"*

The Downeast Children's Council, a program of Downeast Health Services 
Inc., is pleased to receive a new grant from the Maine Children's Trust 
($5,000) for parenting support and educational classes to be held in 
Hancock and Washington Counties.Nurturing Parenting is first and 
foremost a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of raising children 
in a warm, trusting and empathic household.Nurturing parenting is a 
family experience.The family that learns together, plays together, and 
stays together.

The /"ABCs of Parenting"/ will be held from _4:30pm-6pm_ at Downeast 
Health Services, 247 Main Street, _Machias_, beginning _Wednesday, 
September 14^th _ and continue for 7 weeks..If you are interested in 
participating in this FREE series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 
ext. 261 or email:children at downeasthealth.org 
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org> to reserve your 
place./Pre-registration is required, but all are welcome/.This program 
will be repeated in Ellsworth next Spring 2012.

Nurturing parenting is the practice of promoting the positive overall 
growth of children.It is a powerful approach to help children and adults 
learn to care for themselves, others and their environment.Each week, we 
will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and learn from 
each other about a specific topic.The /"ABCs of Parenting"/ will include 
the following topics:ages and stages, praise, developing empathy, 
helping children develop personal power and morals and values, rewards 
and punishments, and establishing family rules.

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that 
increase the health and well-being of children and families.In addition 
to the designated curriculum, participants will learn how to work 
towards creating environments that help increase protective factors, 
such as developing community connections, improving access to resources, 
reducing social isolation, improving social skills and empowering families.

Downeast Health Services Inc. seeks to provide all families with parent 
education and support.Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email 
children at downeasthealth.org <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org> or 
visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org 
<http://www.downeasthealth.org> for additional information on parenting 
classes, support groups and family resources available in Downeast 
Maine.This series is funded by the Maine Children's Trust.  For 
additional information, visit their website at www.mechildrenstrust.org 

The mission of the Maine Children's Trust is to prevent the abuse and 
neglect of Maine's children.A non-profit agency, the Trust is appointed 
by the Governor to administer federal child abuse grant funds, and holds 
the State charter for Prevent Child Abuse Maine.The Maine Children's 
Trust is supported by the CBFRS portion of the federal CAPTA grant, 
Maine State Income Tax check-off designations and the generosity of 
corporate and private donations.Visit the Trust's website at 
www.mechildrenstrust.org <http://www.mechildrenstrust.org/> or call 
207-623-5120 for more information.

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