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29 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Caring for Today, Teaching for Tomorrow
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The "Cape Ann Families" programs, formerly of Wellspring House, has joined the Pathways' portfolio.
CAF offers a variety of family-focused programs aimed at supporting and enhancing a healthy family life. CAF’s community-outreach efforts positively impact hundreds of children and parents each year with educational programming, support and guidance through:
Teen Mentor: Teen volunteers serve as mentors to children ages 5 to 12 years. This one-on-one relationship can help strengthen self-esteem, improve academic performance and reduce isolation for children. Mentors participate in an extensive 12-week training session and attend weekly supervision sessions.
Parent Mentor: Parent mentors foster nurturing relationships with local parents. The mentors visit the parents weekly to reduce isolation and expand social connections. Through this year-long match, the parents enhance their parenting skills, improve their communication with their children and access community resources.
Parent Connection: A weekly facilitated drop-in parent support group builds on the principle “the more you know, the better they grow.” Parents discuss new information, share ideas and discuss the challenges of raising children. Topics include effective communication, positive discipline techniques, child growth and development and fostering a positive self-image. Child care and transportation are available.
Nurturing Program: A fifteen-week family education course is offered each fall to families with children ages birth to twelve. Along with their peers, parents learn different approaches to discipline, stress management, communication and other life skills. Children participate separately with others in their age group. The evening concludes with a family dinner and group activity.
During our December 2011 Snow Ball, we were proud to honor Stacy Randell and 20 years of Cape Ann Families programs. Thanks to Cape Ann TV that special reception was preserved on video. Click here to enjoy the 17 minute tribute.
Classroom teaching staff provide rich environments for creative art opportunities. Shown above is School Age Care child Tyla's painting of a true Gloucester symbol: a lobster!