What is SMART?
Supporting Mothers and Raising Toddlers (SMART) is a 39-week play-based learning program for children aged 18-36 months. It is a home visitation program that, in the context of the “new normal”, can be delivered virtually.
SMART has 13 weekly activity sets for each age group:
The program activities stimulate toddlers’ imaginations, encouraging them to learn and bond with their family. It includes:
→An easy-to-follow manual to guide project staff in running the program effectively
→78 activity cards (in English and French) accompanied by high-quality toys and books supporting the activities
→Training and technical support for rolling out SMART to interested partners
Who is SMART For?
Everyone. The program is open for all Canadian organizations. It is licensed in Canada by the Mothers Matter Centre (MMC). The MMC will offer:
→Training for facilitators and ongoing capacity-building
→Networking and support among SMART sites
→Toys, books and activity cards
We have had great success with similar programs with refugee, newcomer, and Indigenous communities.