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April 13, 2021

Champions for Children: Growing Stronger Families with FREE classes and programs

By Laura Byrne

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and as our community begins to recover from the pandemic, we know that families will need resources and guidance to navigate through new and continued challenges.

Over the past year, parents in our community have had to balance work, childcare, and serving as teachers, oftentimes while also facing financial hardship, social isolation, and even the loss of loved ones.

Research and history tell us that stressors like these caused by major crises like the coronavirus pandemic lead to community-wide increases in child abuse, neglect, and other childhood trauma that can have lifelong impacts. It is normal for any family, even one who has always been strong and healthy, to struggle in these unprecedented circumstances.

If you or someone you know could benefit from parenting support right now, Champions for Children is here for you! We are a local non-profit organization focused on helping Tampa Bay families grow stronger together through a range of no-cost bilingual programs that provide family education, individualized parenting support, and parent-child together educational opportunities.

Here’s a look at some of the services we offer to help families be the best they can be:

Individualized Support

Every family’s needs are different, so we offer a variety of ways to connect one-on-one. Our home visiting programsprovide regular hour-long sessions to identify and address needs specific to your family, while our case support services can help you find and connect to a wide range of helpful community resources for families. For new moms, our professional lactation consultants offer free breastfeeding support via convenient walk-in clinics or one-on-one virtual visits.

Parent-Child Educational Playgroups

We offer a wide range of weekly, hour-long parent-child educational playgroup options depending on your child’s age and developmental stage, for children aged 0-5.

Parent Support Groups

Navigating newborn care, the ‘Teachable Two’s’ and ‘Thinkable Three’s’ can be challenging. We offer parent support groups led by an expert in child development for you to learn how to support your little ones through these stages of their lives.

Classes and Workshops

Parenting can be a challenge for anyone. Our multi-week positive parenting classes help moms and dads overcome parenting challenges with confidence. We also offer a wide range of special topic workshops to help you master specific skills and knowledge including infant massage, baby sign language, toilet training 101, childbirth, breastfeeding, and much more!

Developmental Check-ups

Many parents are worried that their children may have fallen behind developmentally during the pandemic. If you have a child aged 0-5 and you’re concerned, call us at 813-673-4646 ext. 1146 for a free developmental check-up. We’ll help you learn more about your child’s milestones, how to best foster development, and available community resources that can support you and your family.

Parent Warm Line

If all of this sounds great, but you’re not sure where to start – not to worry! You can always call our Parent Warm Line at 813-673-4646 ext. 7 and someone from our knowledgeable staff will help you determine what best suits your family’s needs. To see the full list of classes, workshops, and parent support groups and sign up for them, visit our calendar.

Currently, the majority of our services are offered virtually. Once we begin to return in-person in the coming months, we will continue to   offer a mix of virtual and in-person options to provide maximum flexibility and accessibility for all families. Services are available to everyone at no cost.

Whether you are looking for ways to help your little one with everyday tasks, learn different activities to do with them, or need specialized support, we are here for you. Above all else, we want you to know we are here to help you and your family come through stronger than ever!

 

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