Machias Parenting ABC’s

August 3, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…………………………….a pdf poster is available upon request
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.



“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 14th 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: 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 or visit our website at 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

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 or call 207-623-5120 for more information.


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