With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see including our famous speaker panels. If you preregister for the speakers you will earn extra raffle tickets. You also earn them by attending any of our entertainment sessions! Just email us and you will receive tickets at the door! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
We are a grant funded program through the Mass. Dept. of Early Ed. & Care, the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant (CFCE). That means all our programs are free and have no eligibility requirement- income, special needs, residency- none are barriers to participation- everyone is welcome at any of the CFCE’s on the Cape. And every town is served by one! We offer parent & child programs such as play groups, music & movement, yoga, story hours, etc.
Where is it located?
All our programs are located in Sandwich. The majority of them are held in the Forestdale School, 151 Route 130 (at the intersection of 130 & Quaker Meetinghouse Rd.) Some programs are located at the Sandwich Recreation Dept., and some at the Sandwich Library.
What is your favorite thing about our community?
That it is a great place to raise a family! It has a strong & vibrant Mother’s Club, highly involved PTA and supportive Sandwich Women’s Club. Additionally, the Sandwich Kiwanis support thousands and thousands of additional children’s programming dollars each year. The Children’s Room librarians are welcoming, creative & dedicated to ensuring each child loves reading. The Cape Canal Rangers are terrific to teach about marine life. Additionally, it has a number of strong community traditions & celebrations, such as First Night, Sandwich Fest, Carol Sing, etc.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
Isolation from each other and from their support systems. It is difficult to make new friends if you have a young child and your other friends do not, or if you are new to the community, leaving friends & family behind.
That and the economic struggles we all face (sky high housing & transportation costs), but which are magnified by the costs of having a young child, and either the choice to pay for childcare, or lose one income.
What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
Relax. Let go of the small stuff, and enjoy the little one. Find ways to take the pressure off yourself, and appreciate all the small advances in your child’s development. There is no Cleanest House contest, and even if there was, would you want to be the winner???
Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Yes! February 8 is the Little Red Riding Hood Puppet Show, March 7th is our Early Childhood Fair, and April is our Discovery Center Birthday Party Celebration as well as the Rec. Departments Outdoor Adventure Day.
Cape Cod Moms