Archive for the ‘kids’ Category

Measles Outbreak

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a concern about a recent Measles Outbreak.  Please select the link to learn more about preventing the disease and keeping your children save.

Summer Camps for Kids

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

If you are looking for a summer camp for your child to attend this summer  has a great website with useful information as you research what is the best camp for your child.



Spring Activities for Kids

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Spring is a great time to explore nature with your children as well as participating in many other activities.  Activity Village has some great spring craft ideas to do with your children.  Some of the craft ideas include puzzles, games, crafts and coloring pages.

Early Child Care and Education

Friday, March 28th, 2014

All babies and toddlers need positive early learning experiences to foster their intellectual, social and emotional development and lay the foundation for later school success.

To learn more about child care and it ‘s importance please check out Zero to Three for some great parenting information.

Maine Maple Sunday is March 23rd

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Now that Spring is just around the corner and the weather is warming up.  The Maine Maple Producers Association has the schedule posted for Maine Maple Sunday which is March 23rd.  Click on the link to find the activities near you.


Taking Precautions to Prevent Frostbite

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Extreme cold temperatures have been throughout the state recently.  Children should be extremely careful when playing outside this winter.  The Centers for Disease Control has some information on how to take care of frostbite if it should happen.

kids on sled

Gift Giving and Overindulgence

Friday, December 6th, 2013

With the holiday season approaching, UMaine Extension has a great video on Gift Giving and Overindulgence. This video also has some great ideas on alternatives for gifts by using family time and making memories that will last a lifetime.



Maine Resilience Building Network

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Maine Resilience Building Network was formed in February, 2012. In 2011, a research study and report called “Working with Adverse Childhood Experiences: Maine’s History, Present, and Future” was conducted for the Maine Children’s Growth Council Health Accountability Team.

Maine Resilience Building Network is a collective of organizations from throughout Maine. We focus on resilience in people and communities. Resilience is the ability to overcome stresses and adversity. Resilience is built through supportive relationships, positive experiences, and by learning skills. Resilience is unique in each person.

To find out more about the Maine Resilience Building Network  (MRBN) select the link.

Combatting Childhood Obesity

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Childhood Obesity Touches Approximately 1 of 6 Young People

Recent scientific studies are beginning to show progress against the childhood obesity epidemic, but the numbers of young people affected by obesity remain at very high levels. Research has shown that declines in school-based physical activity programs and increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages are just some of the causes of the increase in childhood obesity in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control has a great article on Childhood Obesity if you would like read more.

Happy at the Playground

One Family’s Success in Maine Families Home Visiting Program

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Ashli Bickford (left) reading a book with two of her children during a home visit with Claudia Williamson, Parent Education Professional (right)

Ashli Bickford (left) reading a book with two of her children during a home visit with Claudia Williamson, Parent Education Professional (right)

Ashli Bickford is a proud mother of four children and has overcome many challenges since becoming a parent at age 16. She has grown as a person, a mother and a wife. Bickford credits her success to thinking outside the box and a home visiting parent education program known as Maine Families.

Being drawn to the home visiting program each time she was pregnant, Bickford shares that she knew it was a great resource for her and her family. Claudia Williamson, Parent Education Professional, provides Bickford with research based information on topics such as vaccinations, potty training and the importance of early literacy, to name a few. Bickford states that Williamson respects her decisions as a parent and provides her with enough information so she knows that she’s making informed decisions.

A major contributing factor in her family’s love for books is the parenting education program. She knew reading to her children on a daily basis was important and what Williamson shares with her reinforces that she’s doing the right thing. Bickford asked guests attending her baby shower to bring a children’s book instead of a card.

Bickford recommends Maine Families to anyone, especially young mothers. Her advice? “If you give the program your all, it will work for you. The home visits are convenient and you’ll have someone that supports you and your decisions.” Bickford knows that she’ll be an even better parent in the future because of what she’s learned throughout her time in the program.

Maine Families uses the Parents as Teachers™ curriculum which focuses on the strengths of a family, rather than the deficits. All parents want what is best for their child, regardless of the family’s income, age or educational attainment. Maine Families is open to all families who are pregnant or have a newborn at home, whether the baby is their first, fourth or more.

If you or someone you know is pregnant or has a newborn at home and would like information about the Teen and Young Parent Program or Maine Families home visiting program, please call 207.594.1980 or toll-free at 877.972.5804. Enrollment takes place prenatally and up until the baby turns three months old. Parent Education Professionals use the Parent as Teachers™ curriculum to provide enrolled families with research based, up-to-date information on subjects such as gross motor, routines, eating healthy, social/emotional development and much more. The Teen and Young Parent Program and Maine Families of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties are proud to be a program affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.