THE C.A.R.E. PROJECT

The C.A.R.E. Project.

COMING SOON:

The C.A.R.E. Project at Haytown offers knowledge, social support, and community to primary caregivers of newborns to 12 month old babies.

Becoming a parent is one of life’s major transitions. No matter the age or stage of their children, parents benefit from having a support network. The C.A.R.E. Project is a weekly group meeting for caregivers run by a Haytown facilitator to help meet those needs!

Haytown takes a comprehensive approach to children’s learning through family education.

*Please check back for the official launch in September 2024 & to sign up!

As unique as our experiences are, no one parents in a silo.

hOW IT WORKS

C.A.R.E. is...

Comfort

A non-judgmental, caring space to share, connect, seek advice, and learn.
☺ No question or emotion are off-limits. This is a judgement-free zone.

☺ You may attend with or without your baby.

☺ All baby care may be done in the meeting room, including nursing, bottle feeding, pumping and diapering. This is a good opportunity to practice baby care in public.

☺ Sometimes we need a moment. The Quiet Room is available should a PC desire time away from the meeting room for any reason. Caregiver may opt to feed or change their baby in the quiet room.

☺ Haytown will build a network of providers, counselors, and like experts should families need additional support.

☺ Facilitators don’t give medical advice, but make observations and are able to refer PCs to specialists.

Allies

A place for caregivers to meet and connect.
☺ Come as you are. You are sleep deprived, in sweats, and without a shower. That’s okay! We have been there. We are figuring this out together.

☺ Babies cry. No one minds if your baby cries during some or all of the sessions. Sometimes parents cry too and that’s just fine.

☺ Shared experiences build lasting relationships. The aim of CARE is to foster friendships that carry through the years.

☺ CARE members are included in Haytown community events like Parent’s Nights Out, Speaker Series, etc.

☺ Haytown will develop an app unique to CARE and/or a Facebook group for meet-ups..

Respect

Validate the experiences, challenges and emotions primary caregivers face. Value the uniqueness of individual experiences and backgrounds.
☺ You are a whole being. We see and honor the person you are with, and separate from, your child.

☺ You may share to the extent that you are comfortable. It’s okay to observe more than speak.

☺ All caregivers work, whether you stay home or work outside the house. That being said, there are feelings that arise when leaving a career to stay home or going back to work post-partum.

☺ Caregivers from every type of family configuration, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, marital status, gender identity, and sexual orientation are welcome. This includes LGBTQ+, those who use a gestational surrogate, adoptive parents, single parents by choice, and parents of multiples.

☺ The same caregiver attends sessions. Constancy builds trust and fosters relationships. Everyone signs a good faith pledge of confidentiality. Discussions are private and may be had without repercussion or judgment.

Education

Share information in an unbiased manner empowering caregivers to make informed decisions that are right for their families.
☺ Facilitators provide practical, evidence-based information to help caregivers through the demanding months of babyhood.

☺ We offer groups specifically for first time and second time+ primary caregivers.

☺ There is a topic of each week. The facilitator determines and shares the topic schedule at the start of the term. A relevant article will be sent out the week prior to topic discussion. Topics pertain to the ages of the babies of a particular group. A newborn group will discuss different things than a nine month-old group. However, topics may be revisited as babies grow. We will ask caregivers to identify areas of interest as part of their intake packet.