The pilot project in Edmonton demonstrated that the Mother Goose program model has appealed to a wide audience including disadvantaged parents. Disadvantaged is used to describe parents who are characterized by any of the following: loneliness, isolation, over-burdened, at-risk and/or poor.
We often think of disadvantaged as being a stereotype of the poor, perhaps aboriginal single parent who faces many barriers to good health outcomes. However, participants in the Edmonton programs included middle-class parents from two-parent families with one or more other children, who were looking for a resource for themselves and their babies or young children. Some were feeling lonely or isolated, while others were interested in connecting with other people with young children. In some cases, older children were much older, and this was seen as a support for starting over when parenting a new baby or young child.
Program providers have acknowledged that the target group may be those who come. Some program deliverers described the program as a great equalizer, collecting all participants by the common thread of being a caregiver.
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