The MPF Camp Directory 2012 is now available on their website at www.mpf.org. If you would like a printed copy, call the MPF office @ 1-800-870-7746 and ask to speak to an Information Specialist or email
Just click on the following link to be able to read the 7 fun tips to create healthy eating habits. Once you’re on the page, just click on the title How To Eat Intuitively to be able to read the info.
2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. The toll free 2-1-1 hotline connects callers to trained call specialists who can help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Finding the answers to health and human services questions and locating resources is as quick and easy as dialling 2-1-1 or visitiing www.211maine.org
Does you experience difficulty with betime? Here’s a brief 4 min video about children and sleep you might like to see–click on the link to view.
The Newburgh Early Childhood Center will offer 3 half day sessions, two in the morning and one in the afternoon, five days per week. If you have interest, please register your child if he/she will become four years of age by 10/15/11. All 4 year olds residing in the towns of Hampden, Newburgh and Winterport are eligible. (Some spaces are available for 3 year olds.) Call 973-3567 or go to www.penquis.org/ to receive an application for registration.
ReStore, a branch of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor affiliate, is located at 231 Main Road in the Holden Plaza. Might you have any new/used building supplies, appliances and furniture you’d like to donate? If so, give a call at 992-0704 or e-mail info @habitatbangor.org or click on the link provided.These items are then resold to the public at lower than retail prices and all proceeds help to build Habitat for Humanity homes in our area. The following is a list of items sought: kitchen and bathroom cabinets, working appliances 7 years old or newer, windows and doors, flooring and tiles, electrical fixtures, and plumbing and bathroom fixtures. Restore volunteers make pickups at least once a week.
Please check out the site for the Waldo Community Action Partners or call them RE further information about their services for families at 338-4944.
Amy Robbins-Wilson, known as the Lullaby Lady, is offering an on-line course for new moms called Mommy Jingles. Go towww.mommyjingles.com if you’d like to check it out. Also check out her website www.lullaby-link.com if you’d like to learn more about lullabies for young children along with other pre-literacy activities linked to music.
Maine Parent Federation (MPF) is the only statewide, parent-run, cross disability parent organization in Maine. They are the statewide Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) under the federal individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the statewide Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the statewide Health Information Center (HIC) under the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Parent Training and Information Center under the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Family Network Project under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The MPF is celebrating 25 years of service to families and professionals in Maine.
To view a copy of the MPF Newsletter click on link for the quarterly newsletters. The Spring Edition is now available and includes a lot of interesting information. MPF may be reached by calling 1-800-870-7746 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maine Parent Federation (MPF) has launched a new online community for those families of children with disabilities calledSTARTING POINTS FOR MAINE can be reached by clicking on the link. This online offering provides many opportunities for families to obtain information, training and support as well as networking possibilities. Online trainings are available as well. Be sure to check it out.
WALDO COUNTY HEAD START EARLY HEAD START for children of birth to age 5–Early Head Start is a home visiting program for expectant families or parents of babies and toddlers. If you’d like to learn more RE this new program, please contact Nancy Darlington, Early Head Start Manager at 338-3827 ex 204.
Ten Tips To Turn Bedtime Into Sleep Time is just one of the many articles you can find on the Stress Free Kids web site which has been designed to assist parents/caregivers with children experiencing differing degrees of anxiety. Hope you find it useful!
Dr. Ross Greene , renowned child psychologist, creator of Collaborative Problem Solving, and author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School , offers parents of behaviorally challenging children assistance via a radio show on this site. Hope you check it out and remember“Children Do Well If They Can”.
Raising Successful Readers, our 20 minute language/pre-literacy DVD which you may have read about in the Link-22 publication,is ready for dissemination to any parent/caregiver of children birth to age 5. If you have not yet received a FREE copy and would like to have one for yourself or someone you know, please e-mail me at SFrancis@sad22.us or call the school at 223-4282. Copies may be found at the Winterport Town Office and Winterport Family Medicine. Additionally, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me as well. Thanks.
Play Therapy, would you like to learn a little bit more about it? Click on the link and watch a 3 minute video produced by the Association for Play Therapy. As a registered play therapist (RPT), I have great interest in helping people to understand the value of play when working with children as a school counselor. If you’d like additional info, please contact me and I will provide a brochure published by the association or simply explore the site mentioned in the video http://www.a4pt.org
If you have a child who is less than one year old, you can get a head start on saving for post secondary schooling by completing the user friendly application located on the link above and you will receive $500 from the Harold Alfond Challenge. This is a one time grant offering regardless of family income. Also, if you have a child over 1 year of age, you are able to receive $200 from FAME after opening an account with $50. There are many differing options in this investment program and the folks at FAME will be very willing to assist you with any questions–just give a call to 1-800-228-3734. Click on the FAME link for additional info as well.
The Committee for Children is a nonprofit working globally to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse. Click on the link to access info on Cyber Bullying and additional info of interest regarding what occurs within our brains when we experience strong feelings.
Stan Davis, author of the 2004 resource text for staff, Schools Where Everybody Belongs, and local expert on the topic has been the driving force behind Leroy Smith School’s implementation of the Peer to Peer Aggression Rubric. The link will take you to his site which includes info for parents. Check out the summary for parents (pdf link) and the articles for schools to use in parent newsletters for lots of good info.
The G.E.A.R. Parent Network
For further info, contact Cindi Seekins at 1-800-264-9224 or 223-9993. You may also e-mail Cindi by clicking on the following address:email@example.com