The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is sponsoring an educational forum titled “Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” on Tuesday, December 15, at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Double Springs Municipal Building. The municipal building is located at 23415 Hwy 195, about 1.7 miles south of the County Courthouse.
Anyone interested in the well-being of babies and toddlers from prenatal to three years old are invited to participate in this Alabama Issues Forum. The forum will be facilitated by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life located in Montevallo. The information will benefit parents, child care providers, Head Start, Pre-K, Family & Consumer Science teachers, health teachers, social workers, family service agencies, medical personnel, and public leaders.
Certificate of attendance will be provided. It has been approved for two contact hours of education for social workers and child care providers as well as 0.2 CEUs of general elective continuing education credit for all professionals including nurses. During the forum citizens will have the opportunity to discuss several approaches to supporting children during their first three years of life. The educational booklet that all will receive was written by Dr. Ellen Abell, Child Development Extension Specialist at Auburn University.
Supporting Alabama’s infants and toddlers will require us working together as a community. According to Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, a strong foundation of health for young children requires positive relationships, safe and stable environments, and good nutrition. While Alabama continues to make strides in improving the wellbeing of our youngest citizens, much remains to be done.
“At this forum citizens will explore options for supporting our youngest Alabamians, and hopefully, they will make decisions together,” says Cristin Foster, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center. A meal will be provided during the forum for those who pre-register, and the program is free to the public. To pre-register please contact Winston County Extension Office at 205-489-5376.