Programs & Support for Parents

Parent Education & Support

The MFCC Parent Education and Support programs support parents in increasing their capacity, knowledge and skills to nurture their children. Parent education is offered to families in both group environments and in one-to-one environments such as a family’s home. Being a parent is difficult. Whether you are a first time parent or parenting your grandchildren, knowing how to handle difficult situations can be challenging. Often parents know what they should do, they just need the support and encouragement of others to be able to follow through in doing what they know is right for the situation and for their children.

MFCC Parent Education & Support programs are strength-based and always start where each parent is already at, building upon their already existing knowledge, skills and resources.

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Parent/Child Playgroups
The Milton Family Community Center has been providing parent/child playgroups since 1985. MFCC currently collaborates with Building Bright Futures of Chittenden County to offer age-appropriate playgroups for children ages birth to 5 years. Playgroup is a place where parents and their young children can meet new friends, share experiences, receive support and just have fun! A trained Family Support Worker from MFCC facilities the playgroups, and is available to assist parents with their parenting questions and accessing other community supports.  The activities are planned for young children in an inviting and enriching environment. Playgroups are provided at no cost to families.

Playgroup meets from the first week of September through the first week of June on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00 at the Milton Town Office, in the Community Room adjacent to the Library space.

Home Visiting

A personal visit from the friendly staff at MFCC is many times more convenient and personal for families than traveling to the Center. MFCC’s  Family Support Workers are trained parent educators who are available to meet with parents in their homes, listen to the parents needs, and provide personalized parent education and support to address the parents’ questions and concerns for their children.

Personalized Home Visits can assist with:

• Parenting information and guidance.
• Child development questions
• Support in finding medical and dental care.
• Personal answers to your questions about health risks, infant care, child development and safety.
• Information about a healthy diet for you and your children.
• Information about community resources for you and your family. (i.e. fathers groups, children with special health needs, child birth classes, parent education workshops, and more)
• Help finding child care and early education opportunities (such as playgroups, Headstart or preschool programs).
• Information about school and work.
This Program is made possible through Children’s Integrated Services, a multi-agency collaboration between the Milton Family Community Center, Visiting Nurse Association, Lund Family Center, the Vermont Department of Health, The Howard Center, Child Care Resource, and Vermont Family Network

Learning Together
Learning Together offers pregnant and parenting individuals as young as 15 the opportunity to access information and resources in education and employment training and to gain key life and personal development skills that will enrich their lives as citizens, learners and parents. An emphasis on health and wellness enables participants to focus on healthy diet and exercise as a way of boosting self-esteem. Participants may complete their high school diploma or earn their G.E.D.; connect to post secondary opportunities; establish potential ‘work world’ connections; gain computer and professional writing skills; and learn effective communication, parenting and problem solving techniques.

For more information on Learning Together, contact MFCC Learning Together Program Coordinator Kelly Hughes at 893-1457 or email khughes@miltonfamilycenter.org

Learning Together Participants – Please click here to access the private Learning Together page with photos, resources, and current events.

Women With Purpose (WWP)
MFCC provides a trained Family Support Worker to meet weekly with local women in the community for guided discussions, workshops, and group activities. The participants in this program vary greatly in their age, some are new parents and some have grown children and grandchildren. This program known as Women With Purpose (WWP) is designed to provide women with support and information in order to reduce isolation, disparity, abuse and neglect. The skills and social networking from this program increase personal value, opportunity for positive experiences, knowledge and self sufficiency.

Meeting times:
Fridays 11:30AM – 2:00PM
Milton Family Community Center, 23 Villemaire Lane, Milton, VT

For more information on Women With Purpose, please contact Charlotte Parot at 893-1457 or email Charlotte Parot at cparot@miltonfamilycenter.org

Reach Up
Reach Up is a center and/or home-based opportunity for parents on state assistance to receive training, support, education and job skills to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Reach Up Case Managers help identify skills, interests and goals in a supportive environment. Once goals are established a plan is written to help parents achieve employment by assisting them with finding and securing childcare, transportation and other work related supports.

Reach Up case managers are knowledgeable about the variety of state programs, training and education opportunities and resources available to families. For more information on the Reach Up program at MFCC, contact MFCC Reach Up Program Coordinator  Melanie Dulude at 893-1457

Workshops & Trainings

Facilitated workshops are offered throughout the year for the general public on a variety of topics. Please check the Home page, follow us on Facebook contact MFCC for a current listing of workshops at 893-1457 .

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