Juega Conmigo (Play with Me), is a series of weekly, free, parent-child playtimes for children ages 0-3. The program, which began in the Bachman Lake public library, is designed to foster strong parent-child relationships and children's healthy development through semi-structured play sessions. In this informal environment, bilingual developmental specialists share information and facilitate play and learning activities using toys, music, and movement to promote sensitive, stimulating parent-child interactions and provide important supports for school readiness.
Beginning in August 2015, all five Juega Conmigo program sites will begin a new semester of classes with a 12-week curriculum. Parents and caregivers are asked to commit to the semester-long program of playful-learning. This restructuring will allow parents more opportunities to practice new skills with their children, and allow program evaluators to get a better sense of the benefits Juega Conmigo is providing to local families.
Juega Conmigo’s unique format also serves as a support group bringing together families of young children who live in the community. Our program also positively impacts well-being by introducing families to other community resources, and bringing representatives of other programs to visit with families in the sessions. We invite speakers to visit with the families and discuss, with the help of a translator, parenting concerns such as nutrition, early literacy, and how to access services such as Medicaid and other early childhood programs. By supporting the parents’ investment in their young children and their parenting competence, we expect to build confidence, reduce stress, and promote positive psychosocial adjustment for both parent and child. These positive outcomes for the parents have been demonstrated in our assessments of program effectiveness. Parents universally praise the experience, the skills and knowledge they and their children have gained.
Fall 2015 Juega Conmigo Program Schedule
Mondays, 9:30 - 10:45am (Vickery Meadow)
Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School
7000 Holly Hill Dr, Dallas TX 75231
Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:15am (Plano Head Start)
Plano Head Start School
1600 Rigsbee Drive, Plano TX 75074
*first class September 15th, 2015
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:15am (St. Marks Church, Plano)
Pastoral Center Community Room
1105 W 15th St., Plano TX 75075
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:15am (Bachman Lake)
Bachman Lake Public Library
9480 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas TX 75220
Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:15am (Pleasant Grove)
Prairie Creek Branch Library
9609 Lake June Rd, Dallas TX 75217
For more information call 972-400-0286 or contact Adriana.