New program to help parents of children from 4 months to 6 years old


A free 8-week group for parents helps them learn strategies to strengthen the attachment essential to a child’s current and future well-being

SIMCOE COUNTY – New Path Youth & Family Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new program to help parents of children ages four months to six years old support healthy relationships with their children. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research on how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. This free 8-week group for parents helps them learn strategies to strengthen the attachment essential to a child’s current and future well-being.

“Positive relationships are essential to positive mental health and well-being. Circle of Security emphasizes the importance of connecting with our children to build relationships and knowing that it’s never too late to do it,” says Holly Kehoe, early years counselor at New Path Youth and Family Services. “It creates a secure attachment that helps in all areas of a child’s life. For example, it can lead to more confidence, better performance in school, and the ability to have more positive relationships. and lasting with others, beyond caregivers.

The program is a partnership between New Path, EarlyON Child and Family Centers of Simcoe and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connections with the goal of helping as many families in our area as possible. For now, the program will run virtually. To find out if this program is right for your family, parents and caregivers are encouraged to book an appointment through the Quick Access Child and Youth Mental Health Clinic: -youth-mental-health clinic or if you do not have internet access, call New Path Youth & Family Services at 705-725-7656.

“Circle of Security is an amazing program that helps caregivers understand and look at their children in a different way; as young people having thoughts and feelings and needing to connect with their caregiver. As a program facilitator, it was such an amazing experience to watch caregivers go from “I don’t know what’s wrong with my child” to seeing their child’s distress and how their own traumas and experiences inhibited their ability to deal with this distress. , which had an impact on the parent-child relationship,” says Val. St Pierre, family support worker, team leader. “Circle of Security provides caregivers with tools and strategies to help them recognize these times of distress and opportunities to correct their own behavior in order to improve and repair the relationship with their child. What an honor to see the transformation of relationships and moments of connection between child and caregiver.



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