Healthy Child Manitoba’s parent child coalitions engage community partners in a shared vision to support children, families and communities. Parent child programs emphasize activities that involve both parents and children. Parent Child Centred activities build healthy child development through the core activities of:
- Positive Parenting: Activities to support and enhance parents’ ability to nurture the healthy development of their young children. (ex: parent education programs, parent support groups, information and referral services, parent-child groups and activities, toy and resource libraries, drop in activities.)
- Nutrition and Physical Health: Activities to promote healthy lifestyles through education and community supports. (ex: parent education programs, nutrition guidance, community kitchens, activities promoting physical activity and fitness, injury prevention) Coalitions respond to the needs in their communities. Communities 4 Families coalition developed Wiggle Giggle Munch, a parent child program to promote nutrition and healthy active living. Facilitator training in Wiggle Giggle Munch is offered and this resource is now available across the province.
- Learning and Literacy: Activities to support the learning success of children through opportunities to improve family literacy and participate in quality early childhood experiences.(ex: creative play and recreation programs, reading, writing and storytelling activities, parent-child drop-in programs, lending libraries.)
- Community Capacity-Building: Activities to build community capacity through leadership opportunities, volunteering and community service. (ex: education, networking, exchanging information on research and best practice, engaging community in planning programs and services)