The Week of the Young Child began with the Proclamation signingÂ on April 13 at the Governor’s Office in Adelup. Â From April 13-17, Guam CEDDERS staff facilitated several training activities throughout the island for Parents, Families, Parent Leaders, and Early Childhood Providers. Â The Week of the Young Child concluded on Saturday, April 18 with the Early Childhood Parent Conference held at Pacific Star Hotel.
March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! The Tri-Agency along with SiÃ±A collaborated to host a series of events to celebrate and promote public awareness of developmental disabilities. The events included the annual GSAT Conference & Fair, a Celebrity Bagging at Pay-Less Supermarket, and the Guam Developmental Disability Council Family Fun Day, which took place this year at the SinajaÃ±a Community Center. Self-Advocates, families, and advocates joined together to celebrate accomplishments, talk about future activities, and most of all, to establish or renew friendships.
The 4th cycle of the Maternal Child Health Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Program (MCH LEND) is winding down with about two months left in the school year. As part of the curriculum, the Guam MCH LEND cohort flew to Honolulu, Hawaii for the third and final joint training symposium. The symposium was filled with activities and presentations that centered on an important MCH leadership competence: the ability to apply concepts of cultural diversity and influences on attitudes and health care practices for families with children with disabilities and the blending of health protocols with local ways of caregiving.
For the remainder of the semester, trainees will complete a research project they developed called â€œInvestigating Housing Options for Teen Moms on Guam.â€ This research will gain insights of teenage mothersâ€™ perspectives of structured, stable housing options. The initial data may reveal the potential need for such housing on Guam.