LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3) has been selected by the NYS Parenting Education Partnership as one of five pilot groups for the New Parent Kit.
The New Parent Kit includes two books — Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) and What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick — as well as a Driver’s Manual for New Dads, and a bookmark.
“Children don’t come with an instruction manual but these resources offer support to new parents as they begin their parenting journey,” said Megan, Murphy, BT3’s director. “We are pleased to have been selected as a pilot group and are excited about sharing these valuable resources with new parents in our community.”
Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) is a user-friendly guide for parents of new babies. It steps parents through the stages of development steering them along the path to building a nurturing, healthy relationship with their child. What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick is an easy to use manual for caregivers that is written in straight-forward, non-medical terms, offering practical tips for over 50 common childhood illnesses and injuries.
BT3 members and partners seeing pregnant women and making home visits to new families are distributing the New Parent Kits. The NYS Council on Children and Families printed a limited number of books, so BT3 partners will be distributing 175 in our counties.
To reach more families, the NYS Council on Children and Families has made Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) available for download free of charge and launched a companion New Parent Guide website: www.nysparentguide.org. The Driver’s Manual for New Dads is also available for download: otda.ny.gov/programs/publications/4901.pdf.
BT3 is a project of the Adirondack Foundation. Its mission is to support and help expand early childhood services in the North Country region of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, as well as the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.