Early Childhood Development
The Supportive Environments and Experiences for Development (SEED) program is an early childhood development initiative for Jamati parents and caregivers of children ages birth to four years (birth to three years in Ontario). We provide weekly sessions that enable facilitated group discussions for families and promote age-appropriate developmental experiences in music and movement, early literacy, spirituality and faith, and school readiness. An electronic format program is available for families with limited geographic access to an existing SEED centre.
Parents and caregivers of children from birth to 3 years old will be able to connect with other families virtually with additional one-on-one phone calls with a trained facilitator. Families will receive age and developmentally appropriate content to positively support their child's long-term growth and development. This includes:
- Music and movement activities,
- Suggested books to read together, and
- Suggested activities related to spirituality.
As Canadian guidelines around screen time for children younger than 2 years is not recommended, this program is for parents and caregivers only.
SEED 3 is delivered via weekly, live 45-minute virtual Zoom sessions for both parents/caregivers and their Ismaili children aged 3-4 years.
Each virtual SEED 3 session begins with acknowledging and greeting every student followed by the Ya Ali Madad song. Based on the theme, facilitators discuss the key messages followed by reading a book together, engaging in music and movement and encouraging children to share their ideas and thoughts. The sessions end with a closing circles discussing takeaways from the class, some faith-based practices and the goodbye song. Activities that encompass arts and crafts, early literacy and sensory elements are provided to parents and encouraged to be done at home to then share with the facilitators and the group.
The Supportive Environments and Experiences for Development (SEED) program is looking for volunteers to deliver early childhood development (ECD) programming to Ismaili childlren from birth to 4 years of age. Volunteers help empower parents and caregivers to foster healthy child development. Various positions are available. If you are interested or passionate about ECD, we encourage you to apply using the link below.
ECD Jamati Survey Results