|Mission Statement: "Our vision is a world in which all children are
treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into
adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust."
Our goals are:
1. To provide critical information on parenting, with special regard to pregnancy and early childhood
Since December 1996 we have provided a wealth of information on all aspects of parenting, with a focus on
early childhood, at our Natural Child Project web site.
The site currently includes 100+ articles by noted writers. The site also includes an extensive collection
of parenting advice on many subjects, child advocacy documents and research articles,
and unique parenting
resources. Our website has
become well-known and highly-regarded. We are receiving over 300,000 page accesses per month from 129
countries. The web site has won numerous awards and has been featured on CNN Headline News, Canada AM TV, and
2. To increase public awareness of the importance of parent-child bonding, and the legitimacy
and critical importance of children's emotional needs at all stages
Our director, Jan Hunt, M.Sc. Psychology, has had many opportunities to speak to the public through
workshops, media interviews, and magazine articles. Many of her articles are available in Spanish, Portuguese,
and Italian, and her book The Natural Child has been translated into several languages. The unique research
section of our web site offers critical information on attachment parenting studies.
3. To undertake projects which further our vision of the world in which all children are
treated with dignity, respect, understanding and compassion.
As a fundraising project, Jan has created
Parenting Cards, which parents
can use for encouragement, inspiration, and support. She has also written a highly-regarded parenting
book, The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart, and
A Gift for Baby, a children's picture book that celebrates attachment
parenting. Jan and her son Jason co-edited the book
The Unschooling Unmanual.
Jan's essay "10 Tips for Shopping with Children" has been
reprinted widely on the Internet and in many newspapers, and is distributed free in many cities during
the holiday season.
As our funding increases, we plan to offer more local parenting workshops and free counseling for parents
in need. We also hope to establish a local children's art gallery, similar to our online gallery.
Jan has many professional affiliations. She is on the Board of Directors of Canadian Society for the
prevention of Cruelty to Children, Holistic Moms Network, Attachment Parenting International, and the
Child-Friendly Initiative. She is often consulted on early childhood issues by both professionals and parents.