Our Family Enrichment Program, formerly known as Cape Ann Families, provides free community outreach and comprehensive wrap-around services to families in the North Shore community, offering high quality, evidence-based programs designed to help support and strengthen the family unit. Family Enrichment Programs help children and families succeed in overcoming barriers wrought by challenging circumstances. Over 200 participants from almost every North Shore community access our free programming every year. Family Enrichment Programs include:
The Nurturing Program®, which has been operating through the Family Enrichment Program since 1995. This nationally registered, evidence-based, and validated 15-week family education curriculum is offered to families with children ages birth to age 12. Along with their peers, parents learn approaches to discipline, stress management, communication and other life skills. The Nurturing Program® meets and exceeds the six protective factors identified by the government, which include:
- Nurturing and Attachment
- Knowledge of Parenting and Child and Youth Development
- Parental Resilience
- Social Connections
- Concrete Support Services for Parents
- Social and Emotional Competence of Children
The Parent Mentor Program recruits adults to mentor other parents. Upon completing the 5-week training, the volunteer mentors participate in ongoing supervision to assure the families and the mentors are receiving the greatest amount of support possible to help families obtain their identified goals. Mentors model healthy relationships, interact with mentees in a non-judgmental, supportive manner, and assist them in accomplishing goals identified by the mentee. The mentor relationship can help to reduce isolation, enhance parenting skills, improve communication, and increase access to community resources. Mentors visit with and/or communicate with their Mentee once a week for one year.
The Teen Mentor Program recruits local high school students to mentor children in their communities to increase teenagers’ awareness of diversity and explore future career paths. Following a comprehensive training and screening process, volunteers in grades 10-12 serve as mentors to children ages 5-12 years who have been identified as benefiting from a positive role model, to help strengthen self-esteem, improve academic performance and reduce isolation.
Parent Connection is a weekly, professionally-facilitated, drop-in support group that provides parents with a forum for support and discussion. Parents discuss new information, share ideas, and navigate the challenges of raising children together. Topics include effective communication, positive discipline techniques, child growth and development and fostering a positive self-image. Childcare and transportation are provided to eliminate any obstacles parents may face in accessing support.
For more information about any of our Family Enrichment Programs, contact Hailey MacDonald, LICSW at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.515.5381