At 23 years old, Krystal Dyer doesn’t know what she wants to be when she “grows up”, but she still has time to figure that out. One thing is for sure though – she is a proud wife and mother of two girls: Rhapsody is 3 and Reverie is 1.
Krystal learned about the Maine Families home visiting program during a childbirth class when she was pregnant. She heard a lot of good things about the program and was interested in trying something different. Krystal receives weekly home visits which she finds more beneficial than once a month. Currently working with her is Corinne Wilson, certified Parent Education Professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Corinne applauds Krystal for her ability to embrace the program and utilize its resources. Enrolled families have access to monthly group activities, the Toy Library Center and the Coastal Children’s Museum. For Krystal, the group activities have given her the chance to meet other moms and for the girls to play with other children.
According to Krystal’s husband, Dave, there are only positive things to share about how the program has made an impact on his family. He says that Krystal is more confident in her parenting abilities and more willing to take the girls into the community. They go on family field trips as time and money allows, which is valuable to the whole family.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Families program uses the Parents as Teachers(TM) curriculum, which focuses on the strengths of a family. All parents want what is best for their child, regardless of their family’s income, age or educational attainment. This early development parenting education and support program is open to all families who are pregnant or have a newborn at home.
If you or someone you know is pregnant or has a newborn at home and would like information about the Teen and Young Parent Program or Maine Families home visiting program, please call the office at 207.594.1980 or toll-free within Maine at 877.972.5804. Enrollment takes place prenatally and up until the baby turns three months old. Parent Education Professionals provide enrolled families with research based, up-to-date information on subjects such as the benefits of listening to music, social/emotional development and how to baby proof your home. The Teen and Young Parent Program and Maine Families of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties are proud to be affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation – including transgender status and gender expression – natural origin, citizenship status, age, disability or veterans’ status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.