By Amanda Johnson
SOUTH PARIS— Community Concepts Family Services has received a grant from MainStreet Foundation for Parent Education to purchase three Real Care Baby 3 dolls to give real-life experiences, teach parental and childcare skills, and infant safety. Grants from the MainStreet Foundation are given to nonprofit agencies that are active participants in communities, committed to helping children thrive. Community Concepts, Inc. is a private, non-profit community organization serving central and western Maine. The organization works provide education and support to help individuals, families and communities grow. Apart from teaching childcare skills and infant safety, the Real Care Baby 3 dolls will be used to teach CPR and address Shaken Baby Syndrome for young or first time parents. ‘These simulator dolls will help provide new parents with an understanding of what to expect with a new baby,’ Melissa Wakefield, Home Visitor and Maine Families Program Manager at Community Concepts, released in a statement. A statement released by Community Concepts Family Services explained that the life-like Real Care Baby 3 system is designed to internally monitor how it is being taken care of while in the young parents’ custody. The results of the trial spent with the Real Care Baby 3 system will then be discussed with the parents. ‘It has been [in] our experience that young parents learn best with these kinds of handson techniques,’ Wakefield wrote. Groups funded by the Maine Children’s Trust and the United Way of Oxford County will also have an opportunity to work with the dolls in other community-based parent education groups.