Developmental Enrichment Groups are designed to provide a structured opportunity for parents and their children to engage in activities designed to promote growth and development through play and social interaction. Groups for infants and for toddlers are offered in a safe and nurturing environment in which children explore and experiment with age appropriate toys and materials in a small group with their peers. Staff demonstrate interaction techniques effectively used with young children to encourage communication and growth of vocabulary: skills that are the basis for later literacy. Parents have an opportunity to practice these techniques while interacting with their child and also have time to share ideas and information with each other and program staff. Each group includes time for free play, a motor activity, snack, circle time and a fine-motor or sensory experience.
Developmental Enrichment Groups are offered at most Criterion community early intervention sites and other community locations. There is a small fee for participation. For more information, please call the Criterion early intervention program that serves your area, listed under the Early Intervention heading.