SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Edgar May Health and Recreation Center, in partnership with the Springfield Area Parent Child Center, is launching an all-new family enrichment program for area youth and their families. Strengthening community, transforming families, enriching opportunities, and preparing children (STEP) are some of the goals of the collaboration. This new program will provide a variety of family-friendly activities for children under the age of 12 and their families to promote quality family time beyond the boundaries of home.
The partnership between the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center and the Springfield Area Parent Child Center represents a growing trend in organizations joining together to provide opportunities for varying populations to benefit from the sense of community and connectedness. “We believe that raising children is both a delightful and demanding job, undoubtedly the most important job there is, and we offer support and education for adults and children,” says Jillian Rapanotti of the Springfield Area Parent Child Center.
The STEP program will bring together children and families from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to interact, learn, and socialize together on weekends and evenings. Youth and their families will be able to enroll in programs that meet weekly and focus on a specific topic or activity, or participate in one-time workshops. The STEP program will also include special weekend events and out-of-town excursions for families to experience cultural activities and events that are more typical of larger metropolitan communities. This innovative new program is supported by funding from the Canaday Family Foundation, making participation accessible to all income levels.
STEP is currently seeking proposals from individuals and community organizations that are interested in facilitating a specific class (four or more sessions) or one-time workshop. Individuals that have an area of interest or expertise in a particular topic or hobby are invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Facilitators will be provided a materials budget and paid a stipend for these evening or weekend programs. Details can be found on our website www.myreccenter.org or requested by calling the Edgar May Health and Recreation Center at 802-885-2568.