As we celebrated Mother’s Day, many of us talked about how much we appreciate the women in our lives and their effort and hard work. We might have told stories of difficult moments that they were there to care for and comfort us, or maybe we reminisced over sweet childhood memories.
Whichever way we choose to honor them, we at the Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. (KCFI) are with you in celebrating mothers everywhere. We recognize that mothers are at the heart of early childhood development (ECD) and that in order to build strong educational foundations for our children, we need to ensure that mothers are happy, healthy and well-informed.
Maternal health can greatly impact a child’s physical and cognitive development. We already know that a mother’s health and nutrition can directly impact their children’s own, but it should be emphasized too that what mothers choose to do in infancy and early childhood are crucial in building a child’s learning foundations.
For example, even though infants aren’t able to understand words and their meanings yet, singing nursery rhymes and reading books to them can help introduce them to language and rhythm. You can encourage babies’ focus and tracking skills by slowly moving age-appropriate toys in front of them. Carrying babies outside and showing them the world around them helps them learn to explore their surroundings, and if you talk to them about what you both see, you’re also supporting their language development and cognitive exploration skills.
Since 1999, Knowledge Channel has always strived to be a reliable partner and resource for mothers everywhere. We provide mothers and caregivers vital information on ECD through the various programs we create, such as “Kuwentong Kartero,” “Payong K-Lusugan,” “TalkED,” “Kwentoons,” “Kuwentong Pambata,” “Musikantahan” and, more recently, “I Love You 1000” (#ILY1000), a series with the National Nutrition Council that talks about what parents should do during a child’s first 1,000 days.
All of these programs are available on air through Knowledge Channel, online through Knowledge Channel’s social media pages and offline through the Knowledge Channel Portable Media Library (KCPML), which we provided to 17 barangay day care centers of Lobo, Batangas and Burgos, Ilocos Norte earlier this year. Thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Makati Premier District, Makati Rosewood, Makati East and Muntinlupa East, and the New Zealand Embassy, we were able to bring not just the KCPMLs to these municipalities, but also our three-day training program on ECD that aims to equip child development workers and teachers, parents and caregivers with the necessary tools and knowledge to better care for and develop our children.
As KCFI’s chairman emeritus Oscar M. Lopez would say, “Keep on plodding. Keep on plodding.”
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(Story/Photos by: Rina Lopez)