Co-designing with parents an early education program for children birth-3
Our overarching goal is to co-design, together with families with children ages 0-3, an effective, culturally-sensitive parent-based early education program.
Specific goals are to:
• Identify parents’ funds of knowledge relevant to parenting and early development.
• Offer parents a safe space to explore their ideas about parenting and development and support each other.
• Empower parents by engaging in the methods scientists use to understand early development.
Together with Bring School Home and Boulder Housing Partners, we will offer monthly parent-child group activities for babies and toddlers. Each session will loosely consist of: 1) Shared snack or “merienda.” 2) Play time: A CU student-led age-appropriate activity modeled either after tasks used by developmental scientists or traditional games. For example, one activity could be to hide a toy in plain view of their child and see if they can find it (illustrating object permanence) or to play aserrín aserrán, a traditional baby rhyme sung while rocking baby back and forth with more or less support (illustrating motor development); parents will make observations taking the role of scientists and observers of their own child. 3) Discussion time: A facilitated open-ended discussion about parenting and development using parents’ observations as starting point.
The program will be offered at two Boulder Housing Partners sites, in English and in Spanish.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.
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