Kids Can Fly would like to thank The Advocate for accepting this article on our Launch Pad. It’s a great opportunity for us to educate more people about this valuable program. This article talks about the importance of the program, how it was started in Brantford and how it is supported by Bill & Dorothy Campbell.
How Generosity Changes Lives by Patti Berardi – From The January 2012 edition of The Advocate
Becoming a parent changes your life. Many new parents embark upon a research mission to seek out everything they need to know about raising a baby. Some might seek out early learning and development programs in their community, while others might head to Amazon and order an arm full of books to equip them with the answers to all of their new parent questions.
Many parents however, are not aware of how they can seek out this information, or may be new Canadians that speak very little English. Some parents in our community are teenagers with unplanned pregnancies. For them, becoming a new parent may be scarier and they may feel lost and unsupported.
The Launch Pad in Brantford is a place that supports all parents, caregivers and children from newborns to six year olds. It’s a free drop-in program that operates out of Graham Bell-Victoria School. At the Launch Pad children can play, socialize with other children, explore, and just be kids in a safe environment. The program is facilitated by Jane Flinders, a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Jane also provides support to parents and caregivers by answering questions about development, challenging behaviours and nutrition. She also leads the children and parents in a circle time each day where they explore literacy through music, rhymes and reading.
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