May 11, 2013

Workshop teaches bonds for success

PLATTSBURGH — “Bonding from the Beginning” is a training opportunity happening today for those who care for young children or work with breast-feeding moms.

The six-hour training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Emmaus Room at St. Peter’s Church on Cornelia Street. The program includes “Planting the Seeds of Attachment,” presented by the Clinton County Health Department; and “Growing the Roots of Resilience,” by Rachel Sperry, a national trainer and early childhood mental-health specialist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa.

In the first presentation, child-care providers learn how to support the social and emotional health of young children and how to support breastfeeding mothers as they transition back to work.

“We’re trying to engage child-care providers who are working with parents of very young children — infants, toddlers and preschoolers — and to get them engaged in the attachment process,” said Ann Fraser, training coordinator and infant-toddler specialist for the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country.

“When we think about parents and young children, I want child-care providers to understand they are an integral part of the bonding process.”

Clinton County Health Department staffers will show providers how to set up a breastfeeding-friendly child-care environment.

“Their goal is to get providers to tap in this social dance and support parents in forming early attachment bonds,” Fraser said. 

“You can’t build resiliency and positive social and emotional success with young children unless they had really good first-attachment relationships.” 

Child-care providers are on the front lines in assisting with parental-child early attachments.

“We support mom’s transition back to work in a number of ways in the child-care environment by supporting mom’s feeding schedule at day care, providing breast milk in a safe and healthy way and matching the feeding pattern of the family,” Fraser said.

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