Supporting Mothers and Raising Toddlers (SMART) is a play-based learning program for mothers of children aged 18 to 36 months. It focuses on deepening parent-child bonds, fostering healthy early childhood development, increasing connections to community resources, and strengthening social networks.
It is a home visitation program that, in the context of the ‘new normal,’ can be delivered virtually. SMART is a 30-week program administered over a year and includes 78 structured, engaging and easy to follow activities. The program activities stimulate toddlers’ imaginations, encouraging them to learn and bond with their family.
SMART is an adaptation of Opstapje, a play-based learning initiative created in Germany by IMPULS, for which the MMC has acquired the license and adapted for use in Canada.
Everyone. The program is open for all Canadian organizations. It is licensed in Canada by the Mothers Matter Centre (MMC).
The SMART pilot had great success with refugee, newcomer, and Indigenous communities. We have been working to support vulnerable, marginalized and isolated mothers for 20 years in Canada and we believe that empowering mothers is one of the best ways to achieve long term sustainable results for children’s learning and development.
1. Facilitating and strengthening the bond between mother and child through engagement in playbased learning activities.
2. Improving confidence of mother and child through expressing themselves and interacting with each other following the SMART curriculum.
3. Supporting holistic child development for improved school-readiness of children
4. Encouraging mothers to engage and network with other mothers, supported by a peer-to-peer approach and joint discussions in group meetings.
Training for facilitators
Site monitoring & performance management
78 activity card