On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, CRECE team members led a training activity for the families of study participants at the CRECE/PROTECT clinic in Manatí, Puerto Rico. Three CRECE clinic staff members facilitated the two-hour event, which was attended by seven adult individuals and was meant to offer community members an orientation on early childhood growth and development.
The activity began with a light breakfast and informal conversation. During this time, parents were given an opportunity to express concerns about their children and ask questions of the CRECE medical staff in attendance. Questions were asked on topics ranging from hygiene to crawling in infancy. Educational material on the different stages of childhood development from the CDC website was distributed to aid with the discussion.
CRECE leaders presented on factors that influence human development as well as on tactics for finding reliable information on the topic. Also discussed were strategies for promoting healthy development in children, for identifying signs and symptoms of developmental delays, and for finding appropriate help and guidance when needed. Team leaders emphasized that CRECE would continue to serve as an additional support system for community members in need of guidance on topics relating to early childhood development.