With the involvement of a trusted home visitor, parents strengthen their understanding of child development and learn new ways to play with and support their child.
There are five different kits, one for each developmental stage from birth to 5 years of age. Each kid kit contains activity cards that describe “how” to play with your child and “why” a particular activity is necessary for development and all the toys, books and craft supplies to complete the activities. The kits are distributed free of charge to designated programs within agencies and organizations that provide services for young children and their families.
- Increase parents understanding of child development;
- Strengthen engagement between parents and children through ‘serve and return’ interactions; and
- Build capacity of home visitors and practitioners to coach parents on responsive interactions, creating language rich environments and learning through play.
The Kid Kit® was first developed and delivered in Edmonton through a community partnership in 1998. Thanks to the generous funding from Alberta Children’s Services in 2015, The Kid Kit® was updated with latest research on brain development, new books, toys and strategies. The Kid Kit® is now an ongoing resource offered by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.