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Parent to Parent: Growing Great Readers


The Child Development Center partnered with the Colorado Military Child Education Coalition to provide a unique class called Parent to Parent: Growing Great Readers, Dec. 13, 2017 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

The team discussed the building blocks of reading and techniques parents can take home to help their child enhance reading comprehension.

Parent to Parent teams usually consist of three to five highly-trained professionals from MCEC, and concentrate on providing the parent workshops to families.

“Our goal is to help military-connected parents be their child’s best educational advocate because of all the transitions military families face,” said Louise Webb, Parent to Parent educator. “We present workshops to help them be at their best to help their child.”

Parent to Parent began in 2006, and earlier this year began working under a grant provided by the Wounded Warrior Project.

More than 210,000 parents have attended these workshops since the program’s beginning.

“All of our topics are education based from baby sign language to high schooler’s preparing for college or careers,” Webb said.

In MCEC Parent Workshops, parents and educators alike share practical ideas, proven techniques and resources to support military-connected families.

The teams primary focus is cultivating a child’s literary habitat.

“It helps give military-connected parents the tools they need to be successful.” said Amy Chaffin, Parent to Parent educator. Our military kids face a variety of challenges that other kids don’t have to face with the frequent moves and deployments by one or both parents. These workshops we present help give the parents tools that they need to level the playing field and sometimes it gives their child a better advantage too.”

The team also provided various resources for the parents to take home to refer to when working with their children.

“Every time we give resources, it’s a flyer with information that we review in the workshop, so the parents can touch, feel and revisit it again at a later date,” said Melanie Douglas, Parent to Parent educator. “Sometimes, there is new information the parent can see as they read through. There are also websites, contact information for people they can talk to and our information so that they can get answers to further questions.”

The workshop’s overall message was an appeal to parents to be an advocate for their child’s literary success.

“Every school has amazing counselors or teachers who can help children, but parents are the best advocate for their children. We, as a program, try to educate parents as best we can to help fulfill their role,” Webb said.

For more information, contact the CDC at 567-4742.

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