Parents For Better Beginnings - Principles That Guide Us

A. Every Child is Unique

(a) All infants are born into a specific social, cultural, and psychological environment.

(b) Similar life circumstances will impact differently to each infant's development and wellbeing.

(c) The role of the father is crucial to all stages of their child's life, especially throughout the mother's pregnancy & child's first six years.

(d) We recognize the impact that relocation, displacement, poverty and violence have on families and children who have lived those experiences and are our service users.

B. Critical and Timely Action

(a) There is a time period in the child's development where critical moments in a child's life in which the most optimal outcomes may be achieved.

(b) Infant and early childhood development sets the foundation for children's safety, learning, and success and impacts parental feelings of competence and psychological resilience as care givers.

(c) The environment a child is exposed to or lives in has a huge impact on their development

(d) It is in these early years that lifelong developmental trajectories are set.

(e) The parents' quality of responsiveness and sensitivities to infant's cues and needs are significant precursor and predictors for establishing secure attachment.

(f) Adverse developmental experiences during infancy can become risk factors for early health, play, learning and behavioral issues, and social and emotional wellbeing later on in life.

(g) We recognize that some children and families may require additional support due to increased risk factors and vulnerabilities unique to their situation.

(h) Toxic stress may not only influence a child’s health early on, but can also have a significant impact on later childhood, adolescence and long-term adult physical and mental health.

C. Family Functioning

(a) While the specific impact of mental health on maternal functioning may vary, maternal mental health is a significant predictor of infant mental health issues and the development of insecure attachment as they can directly affect the quality of responsiveness.

(b) Maternal mental health issues can directly affect quality of responsiveness and sensitivity to an infant's emotional and developmental needs.

(c) Internal preoccupations and symptoms can interfere with parental capacity to be attuned to the needs of an infant, to develop mutuality and joint attention in interaction with the infant, and support emotional regulation. Appropriate responsiveness and sensitivity to an infant's cues are significant predictors of secure attachment.

D. Quality of Service

(a) PFBB takes the position of infant and early childhood developmental health rooted in an understanding that developmental outcomes emerge from infant characteristics, caregiver-infant relationship, and the environmental context within which infant-parent relationships take place.

(b) Informed service providers make an effort to understand how parental and infant behaviours impact each other, attending to both the internal and external dynamics of each individual.

(c) Informed service provider's acknowledge the impact of their own subjectivity on the intervention.

(d) The organizational policy reflect the stance of increasing opportunity for positive infant mental health outcomes from this generation to the next.

(e) We apply a multidisciplinary peer-based and clinical approach to attend to risk factors as early as possible while being aware and sensitive towards individual differences within each infant-mother and family situation. As part of our programs and services we will meet our objectives through the following ways:

1. Public Awareness

2. Prevention and Screening

3. Education and Support

4. Early Assessment and Intervention

5. Professional Training and Consultation

6. Research and Evaluation

7. Policy and Political Advocacy

8. Partnerships and Networking

E. Model of Prevention

a) We approach our model of prevention of infant and early childhood issues with the understanding that an infant develops in a social environment through interaction with a primary care givers (most often the birth mother), family, and environment.

b) Infant and early childhood development is complex and involves a process of mutual interaction between the infant and the environment in which they live with the relationship with the primary caregiver being at the focal point.

Location

38 Regent Street, Upper Level | Toronto, ON Canada M5A 3N7

Hours

MONDAY 09:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

TUESDAY 12:00 PM TO 5:00 PM

WEDNESDAY 09:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

THURSDAY 09:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

FRIDAY 09:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

Saturday, Sunday and Special Holidays we are closed. (We occassionally offer programs on Saturday offsite).

Areas We Serve

Regent Park, Moss Park and Oak Street area

Contact

For information about Parents For Better Beginnings programs and services, please leave a message at 416-362-0805 ex 222 or email us at pfbb.info@regentparkchc.org