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Hi Carlton, We'd love to have more conversation about collaborating. In fact we have a workshop curriculum team meeting this coming Saturday morning in Manchester. You're welcome to join us if you're able or we can find another time. Please be in touch. Peter

Hi Iliriana, Thanks for the encouragement. We have edited the 'Explain your Idea' section to include more detail about the workshop content though the character limit can be challenging!! Each day of the workshop, there is a particular emphasis such as brain development, language, bonding, the importance of play, child safety, healthy discipline, nutrition, meal times with toddlers, etc. We continue to improve the teaching content and sequence, but development of that aspect has slowed up as we are thinking about building the supporting pieces needed for others to replicate the workshop in their community. For our upcoming workshop this Spring we'll be having a pediatric dentist for the first time to talk about dental health children and we hope we'll have a couple of pharmacy students share about prescription safety, also for the first time. We are planning to have several short segments on particular micro-nutrients to support the teaching about nutrition. Another aspect is creating a workshop cookbook for healthy, cost-conscious lunches that can be scaled for different size groups.

Hi Trey, Thanks for your suggestion to say more about how we work with parents and their children at the same time. We have some activities that are for everyone participating in the workshop. For example, "Dancing with Stella" is a time for everyone to enjoy moving to popular music around specific themes, such as 'Things that Go' or 'Pretend Animals'. We also have a sing along lead by one of our volunteers (a local musician) with a guitar who leads everyone in singing children's songs and a variety of folk tunes. It is great fun for everyone. We give parents a CD of children's songs for them to listen to with their children at home or in the car. Because of the number of families participating in the workshop (there were 18 at our last workshop) it's not very feasible to do a lot of activities all together and have time for everything else. Everything we teach is meant to be practiced by parents with their children during the week, such as reading. One of the talks is about the importance of play. Parents are taught how to support their children's creative play by selecting flexible toys (toys that can be used in a variety of ways) and using scaffolding (now, next steps and not yet) to support play. Parents are encouraged to share their experiences with each other week to week as we address different topics.