I was pleased to rise in the house today to update all members and Islanders on an event that is taking place in Charlottetown tomorrow.
The PEI Children’s Secretariat and the Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention are hosting another “Think Tank on Parent Education and Support.”
More than 100 people attended the first Think Tank in May.
Officials from many community and government sectors came together to discuss ways to better support parents.
Participants from education, justice, early childhood, social services, health, and from across our Island communities gathered for the first event.
On November 26th, a second Think Tank on Parent Education and Support is taking place in Charlottetown at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.
This is an opportunity to challenge our thinking about how we work together to support parents and care givers in Prince Edward Island.
- reflect on what was discussed in May
- hear about a comprehensive, evidence based parenting program: the “Positive Parenting Program” (Triple P), with guest speaker Debbie Eastman, a program implementation consultant for Triple P Canada
- and consider whether components of a program such as the Positive Parenting Program would advance us toward comprehensive parenting support and education in Prince Edward Island.
I think any parent knows there are times we wish we had some help. As a parent myself, I know just how tough it can be, and also how rewarding being a parent is.
The “Think Tank on Parent Education and Support” will generate ideas on how we can build on the substantial programs that we already offer in our province, and provide all parents with the supports they need when they need it.
The information from participants will be used to generate a provincial plan and recommendations for comprehensive parent education and support in Prince Edward Island.
Parents play the most important role in our children’s lives.
We are the biggest influence on our children … and we can have the most impact on our children’s learning, health and behaviour.
As Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and I am sure I also speak for my colleagues in other departments, (such as Health and Wellness, Community Services, Seniors and Labour)…
I look forward to receiving the report and recommendations that will be generated.
Our government is committed to providing the best support possible for children and parents across our one Island community.