Starting a bilingual (Chinese and English) Parenting Group in Ottawa Carlington region

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As a new parent, I am advocating to start a bilingual (Chinese and English) Parenting Group in Ottawa Carlington region to promote health and behavioural management education to parents and their young children who have language barriers.  We are seeking support on this cost effective investment to prevent mental and behavioural disorders among these children.  This leads to lower treatment costs in the future, less suffering and premature mortality, and more cohesive families with happier children.

Chinese is the unique mother tongue of more than 33,030 people in Ottawa/ Gatineau region which formulate 2.5% of the total population. Language skill has become a key impediment to many new Chinese Canadian parents or care givers for young children in Ottawa Carlington community As a result; these young families have insufficient knowledge and access to community resources that provide timely and professional children behaviour management education and health support. As result, family and children with language barrier and special needs are often cared improperly. This causes prolonged development issues including anxiety disorder.  The Chinese parenting group established by Somerset Community Health Centre is a great focal point providing health and behaviour management including early childhood development education and support to families across Ottawa region. However, it has reached its full capacity due to the high demand. There is currently a long waiting list and a shortage of staff. Many parents cannot access these services because they live far away from this location.

Please sign and share in support of this new Parenting Group in Ottawa Carlington region to make change happen for Chinese Canadian parents and young children with language limitation.  This will help the families to receive crucial health and behavioural management education so that we can be healthier and better integrate ourselves to our community and give more than we take.



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