Our Intergenerational Living & Learning Community
Our center provides intergenerational interaction between children and the residents of Mt. Baker Care Center and Summit Place Assisted Living. These interactions benefit our children by providing “grandparents” for daily contact and support, and by encouraging the child’s sense of self worth through this extended family concept. This intergenerational model also benefits the senior citizens in our community by giving them enhanced socialization, emotional support, and stimulated learning. Generations Early Learning & Family Center blends two types of institutional cultures to produce a marvelous result - a multigenerational living-learning environment.
The Intergenerational program provides:
- An opportunity for interaction between children and residents
- A method for establishing long-term relationships between residents and children that are mutually beneficial
- An opportunity for children in a structured learning program to share their experiences with residents who enthusiastically support and praise the children
- A “grandparent” dynamic that offers extended family and continuing relationships
What does a child's involvement at intergenerational activities look like?
- At no time will children be left alone with residents, Mt. Baker Care Center staff, or Summit Place Assisted Living staff. Our staff members will always supervise children.
- We celebrate every holiday we can think of and plan for with our friends upstairs!
- Activities with residents such as music, storytelling and games will take place upstairs at either Mt Baker or Summit Place in common spaces. These activities will be in small or large groups of children and always with childcare staff.
- Intergen activities are always optional for children and residents.
- Intergen may be cancelled due to contagions. If this happens, all families will be notified.