Infant-Toddler Learning Center

The Infant-Toddler Learning Center at the Mary J. Blige Center for Women is an environmental learning experience to foster healthy relationships between parents and their children. It is designed to offer parents knowledge, strategies, and skills that can help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

This program follows the nationally recognized and evidence-based Nurturing Parent Program, which is focused on building self-awareness, enhancing family communication, promoting healthy physical and emotional development, and teaching appropriate role and developmental expectations. Parents learn to recognize and understand feelings, nurturing parenting routines, child development, and ways to foster positive self-esteem for themselves and their children.

Curriculum of the Infant-Toddler Learning Center
The Center uses play, songs, literacy, fine and gross motor activities to support parent-child interaction and learning. Staff design programs, interact with families, model nurturing interactions, and lead discussions appropriate to the interests and needs of the families.

The Nurturing Parenting Programs teach age-specific parenting skills and address the need to nurture one’s self. Each program session is divided into parenting and self-improvement instruction.

  • Parenting instruction topics include philosophy of discipline and nurturing-needs and self-esteem
  • Self-nurturing instruction topics include individual needs, self-esteem and self-concept as well as personal relationship choices.

The center is one of several programs located at the Mary J. Blige Center for Women

Contact: Vicki Forbes, LCSW, program director (914) 595-0041;
489 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY, 10705

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