For Families

As a community resource for parents with children of all ages, we strive to help families lead healthy, happy lives. We provide workshops, classes, and consultation relevant to child development and behaviors; we offer events and activities for children and families; we help caregivers solve difficult problems and overcome parenting challenges. Whether you have a simple question about bedtime routines or need discipline solutions for raising a successful teen, we’re here to help you navigate the wonderful, challenging world of parenting.

Interactive Playgroups

Our interactive playgroups offer a fun environment for explorative play and friendship.

Playgroup is for children ages 0-5 – accompanied by a parent or caregiver and held every Monday and Thursday from 10-11:30am.   Advance cancellations will be noted on our Event Calendar – most others will be announced on our Facebook page.

Space is limited so arrive early to join the fun! There may be times when families will be asked to visit on another day to ensure adequate space for the health and safety of all visitors.

 

 

Maine Families Androscoggin (MFA) Family Visiting

Maine Families Androscoggin (MFA) works in partnership with expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers, at no cost to families. Professional family visitors meet with you in the comfort and privacy of your own home. We support expectant parents to have a healthy pregnancy  by providing you with information on breastfeeding, eating healthy for you and your baby, fetal development and childbirth. Once your baby is born, your family visitor will share information about different ages and stages of your baby’s development by:

  • Sharing toys, books and games to help you encourage your baby’s healthy growth.
  • Providing you with helpful tools and ideas for meeting the daily challenges of parenting.
  • Helping you connect with other community services and resources you might want to use.

Who are we? Maine Families Androscoggin has a team of professionals who believe that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Our family visitors partner with you to support the physical and emotional health of your baby. MFA can serve families who speak languages other than English; interpreter services are provided at no cost to the family.

Who can join? Anyone living in Androscoggin County who meets the following criteria: If you are age 21 or older you can enroll during pregnancy or before your baby is 3 months old; if you are under age 21 you can enroll during pregnancy or before your baby is 6 months old.

What happens at a family visit? During family visits you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences about parenting, ask questions and receive reliable information based on your interests and needs on topics such as pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or formula feeding, discipline, toilet learning, child safety and much more! Your family visitor will also bring an age appropriate activity for you and your child to do together.

Education and Support Programs

All these programs are free of charge

Bosom Buddies

**BOSOM BUDDIES HAS BEEN SUSPENDED for the month of August and should resume again in September. Please check back for updates.**  All prenatal, breastfeeding, and pumping moms are welcome to join a certified lactation counselor each Wednesday from 10 am – 11 am.

1,2,3 Magic

This is a two-session workshop that teaches three-step discipline for calm, effective, and happy parenting. 1-2-3 Magic is simple, easy to learn, and it works! For parents/caregivers of children 2-12 years old.  Learn more.

Community-Based Nurturing Parenting Program

Nurturing Parenting Programs are designed to increase positive, nurturing skills and behaviors, and are appropriate for any family interested in strengthening their communication skills and having more fun together.  Ideal for parents/caregivers of children 0-5.   This 10-session workshop features a different topic each week – ranging from respectful communication and brain development to building self-worth and managing stress and anger.  Learn more. 

First Five Years

This three-part series teaches what to expect at each stage of your child’s development from birth to age 5.  Learn more.

 

Helpful Links

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

ACES: Impact on brain development

ACEs in Maine via the Maine Resilience Building Network

Bullying Awareness Guidebook

Cerebral Palsy and Your Child

Consumer Safety-Infant and Child Safety Guide

Drug Watch- Prescription Drugs and Children

Healthy Androscoggin seeks to build healthy communities and lifestyles by promoting five main goals: supporting tobacco-free lifestyles, preventing youth substance use, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy eating, and preventing childhood lead poisoning.

Healthy Children The only parenting website backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

HelpGuide.org Provides useful information and resources for healthy emotional/mental health, healthy lifestyles, children and families, and life over 50.

KidsHealth Nine Steps to more effective parenting

Macaroni Kid Androscoggin A free, weekly e-newsletter and accompanying website featuring family-friendly events happening in the community as well as articles of interest to parents.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

One Tough Job – an online resource for parents

Positive Parenting Tips

Strengths in Focus 

Stop Bullying Now