In South Australia
Community Transformations works in a variety of ways with other organisations to improve the lives of parents and children. Below are a few examples of the various ways we have been working in South Australia.
At Forbes Children's Centre for Early Childhood Development and Parenting, Plympton for several years, we delivered the Building Emotional Understanding 6-session course and regular talks on a range of key parenting issues. A community of Parenting by Connection parents has developed as a result, some of whom regularly participate in fortnightly Skillbuilding Groups. Forbes manangement undertook training of the staff of their childcare and kindy and creche in Parenting by Connection.
In 2013, we began a partnership with the Ardtornish Children's Centre, St Agnes, where the goal is to build Parenting by Connection resource for families.
Our association with the Happy Valley Community Children's Centre, Happy Valley, began in 2004. Jill Brodyk, Director, is a Certified Instructor and trains her staff in the approach.
After undertaking a professional development course, Aboriginal Family Support Services, Plympton, staff have incorporated Parenting by Connection "Connection Plans" into their case plans for the families they service.
Over 2012-13, we delivered Seminars on Building Sleep Confidence in partnership with organisations such as the Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre, and Centacare at Smithfield Plains.
In 2013, we also worked with Time for Kids, Norwood to deliver an Introduction to Parenting by Connection to parents and carers of children diagnosed with autism and aspergers.
Around 50 people attended the Brompton Community Children's Centre, in 2012 to hear an Introduction to Parenting by Connection.
Rachel Schofield, Hand In Hand Instructor, is a regular contributor for Nurture (Australia's Natural Parenting Magazine)
In the United States of America
Below are some examples of the ways in which Hand in Hand are working with partnering organisations to bring Parenting by Connection to professionals, parents and children.
The Ohio Statewide Medical Home and Listening with Connection Project for Children with Special Health Care Needs - to date, nearly 300 public health nurses have participated in the education and coaching on medical home and a listening-based communication tools, Listening with Connection. The Program is delivered by Ohio Department of Health's pediatrician and Hand in Hand Instructor, Pam Oatis, MD, assisted by Meliss Klorer. This project is taking place through Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) and Family Voices of Ohio which was awarded a federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) three year grant for the statewide implementation of services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN. For more information on the Ohio Statewide Medical Home and Listening with Connection Project go to: Family Voices of Ohio
At Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington, Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Project - This four-year project is supported by a grant awarded to Northwest Indian College by the American Indian College Fund’s “Wakanyeja ‘Sacred Little Ones’ – Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade Initiative.” The Wakanyeja project is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” early childhood education initiative is for and by the Lummi Community’s children and families. Two cohorts of children and families will be formed—one from the children and families who attend the NWIC Early Learning Center (ELC) and one from the children and families who attend Lummi Head Start. Increased services at the ELC, adoption of Creative Curriculum and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tracking system at both Centers, and Parenting and Teaching by Connection classes for parents and teachers began in January, 2012.
The Project is overseen by Shelley Macy, Principal Investigator, Northwest Indian College and Hand in Hand Instructor.
In Los Angeles, California, Hand in Hand Instructors Dana Davis, Martín Lamarque, Keiko Sato-Perry, Zelon Harrison (in training), and Ellie Hidalgo deliver the Parent to Parent Peer Support Project as part of the
Project ABC (About Building Connections - for young children and their families ). The Parent-to-Parent Peer Support Project brings together parents from seven agencies, community-based organizations, and government departments serving families with young children (birth to age 5) in LA County Service Planning Area 8.
Learn more about Project ABC.
We welcome you to speak with us about your needs - we can bring talks, workshops, courses, play events, tailored programs and professional development to your organisation.