FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Children’s Task Force has announce the receipt of two grants.

The Maine Children’s Trust awarded an $8,000 grant to support “The Incredible Years,” a parenting program designed to promote the social, emotional, physical and language development of babies and toddlers.

The program will begin in September and two sessions will be offered. “Parents and Babies (0 to 3)” will run for eight weeks followed by the “Parents and Toddlers (1 to 3)” that will run for 10 weeks. The sessions run concurrently in order to help parents identify behavior and development stages the child will be going through and how parents can support those developmental milestones.

The task force also received of a program grant from Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation in the amount of $5,000.

The grant is earmarked for the Maine Families-Franklin Home Visiting Program, which offers home visits for new parents and adolescent parents to ensure they have all the tools possible to raise happy, healthy children.

Home visitors also ensure parents have access to the most up-to-date parenting information and support in one of life’s most challenging roles. Anyone interested in signing up for the home visiting program is encouraged to call the Franklin County Children’s Task Force office at 778-6960.

The task force collaborates with many local and statewide partners to reduce and prevent child abuse. The task force has an extensive collection of books and videotapes on subjects designed to help children and families live healthier lives. The materials are available to all residents in Livermore Falls and Franklin County and are located at 113 Church St., Farmington.

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