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The Seventh Annual Conference “Let’s Grow Together” and Let’s Grow Together Plus”

The Seventh Annual Conference “Let’s Grow Together” and Let’s Grow Together Plus” was held in Zagreb on 17 and 18 March 2017, with 250 participants from all over Croatia, who have been working with parents in this programme. Sc.D. Bruna Profaca, psychologist of the Centre, participated with the invited lecture “Pitfalls for Parents: Risks and Support Opportunities” in which she presented possible risks, as well as protective factors in the relationship parent-child and positive parenting. The Conference Programme is available at: https://media.wix.com/ugd/0f3e3e_d0ce453bcf904dbba84e0fb6a2483894.pdf

The programme of workshops with parents “Let’s Grow Together” was developed within the Project for Parenting Support in the Community (2007-2009), conducted by Ninoslava Pećnik and Branka Starc, within the Programme of Support to Early Development and of Enabling Parenting – The First Three Years are Most Important” of the UNICEF Office Croatia, in cooperation with the Education Agency.

Since 2010, the education in Programme “Let’s Grow Together” has been the responsibility of the Education Agency which enabled expansion of the programme availability to kindergartens all over Croatia.

Council for Quality and Development of the Programme “Let’s Grow Together” was established in 2010. Its purpose is continual follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of the Programme and improvement of professional support to all those conducting the Programme, through consultations, supervision and annual conferences. The members of the Council are the authors of the Programme, representatives of kindergartens and family centres, as well as of the UNICEF and the Education Agency.

The Centre for Parenting Support “Let’s Grow Together” was grounded in previous activities of the Council for Quality and Development of the Programme “Let’s Grow Together” intending to enable even more efficient support to the network of project moderators in providing appropriate response to parents’ needs and interests in various communities all over Croatia.

Validation of the Programme “Let’s Grow Together” included its effects on parental beliefs, parenting experience and behaviours towards children, based on data collected from parents after they have completed the programme. Parents describe their personal growth in their parenting role as well as the benefits they feel their child has experienced based on their participation in workshops.

Results of external evaluation of this programme with parents were also presented at the Conference. We congratulate the authors of this programme and all workshop moderators for their successful work with parents over many years.

More about the Programme “Let’s Grow Together” is available at: https://www.rastimozajedno.hr/