Maine Families in Knox County Newsletter, April 2022

Welcome to the First Installment of Maine Families in Knox County’s Newsletter!

a mother holding an infant babyThis brief newsletter will go out quarterly and will keep providers up to date on what is happening within our program. It is being provided by three Parent Education Professionals who cover Knox and Lincoln Counties: Hannah Pennington, Parent Educator, Maine Families in Knox and Lincoln Counties; Claudia Williamson, Parent Education Professional/Maine Families Visitor, Knox County; and Gretchen Gee (GG), Parent Education Professional, Knox and Lincoln Counties. If you think of someone who would benefit from receiving this newsletter please share it with them.

What Parents Are Saying:

From the  Maine Families Mid-Coast Testimonials page on UMaine Extension’s Parenting & Family Caregiving website:

Opal, Eli, Oliver
Opal, Eli, and Oliver

“The support I have received from [Our Family Visitor] has been invaluable! She has provided every resource I have asked for in regards to development and activities for my kids. It has also been especially helpful to have someone checking in on me (and my sanity) as I have navigated the challenges of staying home with my children during this horrible pandemic. As lonely and isolating as this has been, having the zoom calls with [Our Family Visitor] is always something to look forward to. It’s so nice to have a child expert telling you you’re doing a great job, even when you think you are failing!

You can never have enough support during pregnancy and welcoming a new baby into your home. I wish I had signed up when I was pregnant with my first child.” — Alison Fongemie

For more testimonials, visit the  Maine Families Mid-Coast Testimonials page.

Parent Educator Spotlight:

Claudia Williamson
Claudia Williamson

Claudia Williamson, MHS, CLC
Parent Education Professional/Maine Families Visitor

Claudia joined Maine Families in October of 2008. She is from Maine and moved away for many years, and when she had children she happily moved back! As a family visitor, she gets to meet many families and loves hearing their stories. To hear from a family that they have found a solution to a parenting challenge makes her day! When not visiting with families, Claudia loves being in the great outdoors — boating, swimming, walking and camping with friends and family.

Group Connections:

A key part of our program is promoting connection between families. To that end, we host Group Connections throughout the year to give families a chance to meet other families in the area and have fun experiences together. Our latest group connection consisted of 6 weeks of online parent and child yoga taught by yoga instructor, Kathryn Jensen. It was a big hit! We are hopeful that when the weather warms we will be able to host some in-person group connections in Knox County.

How To Refer:

We are accepting new referrals!

Every birthing family in Maine is eligible to enroll in Maine Families prenatally or until their child is 3 months of age. Our Parent Educator Professionals are currently visiting with families over zoom and outside in-person visits.

Here are two common ways to refer, through the CradleME form on the CradleME: A Referral System for All Birthing Families in Maine website, or simply by going to the Parent Program of Mid-Coast Maine, Inc. website and clicking on the “Learn More And/Or Enroll” blue button in the sidebar menu.

Thanks for reading and we will update everyone next quarter!

— Hannah Pennington, Claudia Williamson, and GG