Thoughtful Parenting: Because babies don’t come with instructions |

Thoughtful Parenting: Because babies don’t come with instructions

The Family Development Center’s Newborn Network has been providing a variety of parent education services to Routt County parents of children from birth to 3 years old since 1995. Our main goal is always to give parents the support and information that will help them be the best parents they can be. Providing access to current parenting information and resources assist them in making the best decisions to ensure their child has a healthy start in life. All Newborn Network’s services are grounded in our core beliefs that parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers, and the foundation of lifelong learning is created long before a child begins school.

“Just wanted to drop you a quick thank you. I have really enjoyed our visits over the last year, thank you so much for all the work you do and for the resources you provide to make me a better mom! Routt County moms are lucky to have you!”

Research tells us that babies and toddlers grow and learn best in the context of responsive relationships and interactions with their parents and caregivers. Newborn Network’s parent education opportunities help increase parents’ ability to provide their child with these types of relationships.

“I wanted to write a letter of appreciation. We are so lucky to have such an informative program through the Newborn Network. My daughter and I have followed the program since she was just a few weeks old. We are now in the toddler class. We have such a great group of people and an open place to share and learn. The speakers are great and cover many topics.”

Newborn Network offers a variety of no cost, educational opportunities for parents in Routt County. For example, we host weekly parent “Group Connections” in different locations throughout the county. These are networking groups in which families can meet with other families and their babies to share parenting experiences. Community experts, such as a public health nurse, a pediatrician or an infant massage therapist are regularly invited to join groups and engage parents in discussions about important topics.

“I wanted to make sure I say ‘thank you’ for all the time you have spent with my family and I. As a Mom, things are really crazy, so I think I forget, but I am truly thankful for the service you provide! You have been extremely helpful as a third-party individual and are so often able to add a fresh perspective to help us along and over a hurdle. As a neutral, non-related, very experienced and educated person, it has been nice to have someone to open up to about my true worries and concerns. So, thank you! thank you!”

Additionally, Newborn Network implements two home visitation programs. The first, Bright By Three, is a series of three home visits in which trained parent educators deliver gift bags containing child development and local resource information. The second, Parents As Teachers, is a monthly home visit program in which highly trained parent educators deliver age-appropriate information. These visits provide parents with information on parenting, child development, behavior guidance and materials to do fun activities with their child.

Parents also use our lending library to check out books and DVDs on different topics, such as starting solids, toilet learning and sleep issues. We also encourage parents to call us any time at 970-879-0977 with questions or concerns they have about parenting and/or community resources.

Sharon Butler is program manager of the Family Development Center’s Newborn and Child Care Networks and is a member of Routt County’s Early Childhood Council, First Impressions. Like Newborn Network on Facebook at and email Butler at for more information or with any questions.

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