EL CENTRO — DD’s Discounts chooses a nonprofit organization each year to receive donations from customers. According to board member and parent leader Wendy Jensen, the Children and Parent (CAP) Council was chosen this year
Jensen explained every dollar raised through customer donations at DD’s Discounts will go toward the First Books program at the CAP Council.
“Reading is important for developmental growth. It opens up a whole new world for these kids. It also builds cognitive skills, bonding, and developing relationships. The more time we spend building relationships, the less time we spend disciplining children,” said Jensen.
The nonprofit organization offers several free services to residents of the Imperial County, such as developmental screenings, parent support groups, and parenting classes.
Parents can request early developmental screening for their children 5½ and younger and gain a better understanding of their child’s developmental rate and needs.
According to Jensen, early developmental screenings provide parents with knowledge about developmental milestones, reduces the number of unscreened children, better prepares children to enter school, and allows families that need additional services to be referred to them.
Free parenting classes are offered for parents of children from newborns to teenagers. CAP Council teaches the Parenting Pyramid, Parents and Babies Building Blocks, and The Incredible Years.
Free Parent Cafe meetings are held weekly for parent support, resources, and discussion of different issues and challenges.
The CAP Council also provides Parent and Child Together (PACT) classes, in which the five domains of development are stimulated: fine motor skills, gross motor skills, communication, problem solving, and social development. Jensen also discussed the importance of creating and strengthening the bond between parents and children.
“Being a parent is not easy, but you’re not alone. Times are tough, but we’re here to help,” she said.