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SCPHD program takes unique approach to early childhood education

Posted at 10:30 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:18:26-05

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The South Central Public Health District's Parents as Teachers program is taking a unique approach to early childhood education.

The free program focuses on using evidence-based methods to help parents navigate the steps through their children's first few years.

As part of the program, a parent educator shares age-appropriate child development and parenting information with parents. They also help them learn to observe their children and address parenting concerns.

"We do an activity between the parent and child, and then we'll focus on some topic of parenting behavior or family wellbeing--anything that's important to the family that day," explained Kelsi Alexander, the program's manager. "I've always felt this program was important, but becoming a first-time parent myself, oh my gosh this program is so valuable. Every parent needs support and someone to bounce their ideas off of."

You can learn more about the program here.