Incredible Years Babies free weekly series

February 22, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…………………………..a pdf poster is available upon request
CONTACT:  Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-5304, ext.




“Incredible Years for Babies and Parents”

The Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is pleased to announce that a new weekly series for babies and their parents / caregivers will begin on Tuesday,  March 22, 2011 at 9:30am-11:00am.  If you are interested in participating in this FREE series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.  Pre-registration and some reading will be required.  Everyone is welcome.

The Incredible Years programs will show some of the ways that babies communicate and how parents can nurture, teach and respond to their babies in sensitive ways that bring about their optimal social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

Each week, we will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and learn from each other about a specific topic specific to “The Incredible Years for Babies 0-12 months”.  Topics

will include:


“Becoming a Parent – Getting to Know Your Baby”


“Babies as Intelligent Language Learners”


“Providing Physical, Tactile and Visual Stimulation for your Baby”


“Parents Learning to Read Babies Minds”


“Gaining Support”


“The Emerging Sense of Self”

Babies are intelligent learners- right from the first month they are thinking, observing and even reasoning.  They

are highly attuned and actively working to find out about the world.  Within a few days of birth they can discriminate human faces and voices from other sights and sounds.  Did you know babies actually prefer the human face and human stimulation to anything else?  Before they can even walk or talk they can actually tell the difference between a face that is happy, sad, or mad.   In fact, babies seem programmed to recognize people who love them more clearly than anything else and they seek out human stimulation about all else.

Downeast Health Services Inc. seeks to support the many families in Hancock County with young babies.  There are wide individual differences in the way babies handle stimuli, need for sleep and amount of crying.  The

goal for parents is not to compare but to watch for and listen to their own baby’s unique style.  Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email or visit our website at for additional information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources available in Hancock County.   

This series is funded by the Maine Children’s Trust.  For additional information, visit their website at


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