The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® is a group experience for parents and their babies and young children which focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together. Parents gain skills and confidence which can enable them to create positive family patterns during their children’s crucial early years, and give their children healthy early experiences with language and communication. The Program can be run in a variety of settings and can be offered either to a particular client group or to the public at large. While adaptations can be made to suit particular user groups and settings, the following elements are essential to a Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® and must be incorporated in order to use the trademarked name and be a part of the network of accredited Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs®.
*as in the ASL (American Sign Language) Parent-Child Mother Goose Program® .
Let me introduce myself - my name is Anna and I’m from Ukraine. In 2017 myself and my husband both came to St. John’s as newcomers. When my first child Maxim (2018) was born, we didn’t have many friends with children and I was feeling very lonely. At that moment I realized that it was time to get involved in some community programs to find some ‘Momma friends.’ I had heard that Newfoundlanders had big, open hearts and I was sure that I would find support/help and friends somewhere here.
So, I searched google and found the Mother Goose Program. I sent a message to Chantal and Carol to see if there were any spots available for me and my baby boy. “You are welcome to join us,” was the answer I received right away.
Maxim was just 3 months olds at that time and my family members were saying, “Why so early? He doesn't need any programs yet?” Just to explain it more, back at home we don't have programs like Mother Goose. But I made the right decision and we started our Mother Goose journey.
I can't express how much support and care this program has given to me
(first of all ME). Finally I found a place where Mothers were in the same boat as me. I learned so much from them; starting with English rhymes. It may sound ridiculous for some of you, but I must admit I didn't know any English children’s rhymes before. Also, I learned some tips on how to help the baby to sleep. And best of all I found a best friend for myself and my son.
This year we have a new addition to our family, a baby girl, Milana. And guess what? We signed up for the Mother Goose Program right away once I knew that I was pregnant BECAUSE THIS IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO RETURN TO!!
Facilitators of this programs are just fantastic, supportive, patient and so creative. Ladies- thank you for all you do!
"The program offers a way for new moms to get out and meet new people."
"The Mother Goose Program instills a sense of community and support that new parents crave and need."
"As a father, I found the group very accepting and positive to participate in and to attend with my daughters."
"When addressing determinants of health, I used the opportunity to discuss the value of parent-child programs, such as Mother Goose, in providing support, community, and accessibility to families with young children regardless of socio-economic status."
"Kudos to your team and thank you for making a positive difference in our community."
"I'm grateful for the friendships I've gained through attending the Mother Goose Program."
"I learned sweet songs and actions that helped me bond with my baby."