Monday, June 29, 2009

Volunteering for Welcome Baby

Here are some wonderful ways to volunteer for the Welcome Baby Program.

Home Visitor: As a home visitor, you will be asked to contribute 4 hours a month for eight months. During this time, you will be visiting 1-3 families/months and giving them information about child development, activities they can be doing with their child, and other health issues all parents should know about. You will be asked to attend a training in-service once a quarter (they are offered monthly). Here, you will get to know about the community resources in the area that you can then pass on to your families.

Donations: We like to give each of the new families a quilt or receiving blanket to show them how much we care for them. We also like to give them any baby items that we have available. All of these items are donated from the community. We would love a donation from you. You can donate to us knowing that the items will go to families in need.

For more information about volunteering for Welcome Baby, please visit our website.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Home Visits

One of the resources that Welcome Baby offers is a Home Visitation program. As a family in our program, you will have the opportunity to have one of our volunteers come to your home once per month to give you important information about your child's physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Because a baby changes so much in a short amount of time, having a visitor come each month will help you know what you should be looking for in your child during the month to come.

A home visit usually lasts between 30-45 minutes. We will begin by asking how things have been going through the transition to parenthood. This includes addressing any concerns you have, questions that may come up, or resources you want to know about. Then, we have a lesson prepared that discusses the changes your child may go through in the next month and an activity you can do with your child to encourage proper development.

Parents have expressed how wonderful it is to have a home visitor. In a short amount of time, the visitor and the parents can become close friends. Some of our families have been with us for a number of years with the same visitor. For more information about our home visitor program, and to sign up to have a home visitor come to your home, please visit our website.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Timp Regional Playgroup-May 2009

Welcome Baby sponsored the Timp Regional Playgroup in May. We brought a plastic swimming pool filled with packing peanuts with toys hidden inside. As the children dug through the packing peanuts to find the different toys, the concept of object permanence was reinforced. This activity also encourages exploration. The kids had a great time being involved with the activity and playing together!