Parent/Community Connectors

 

The Works, Inc currently employs 10 parent/community connectors working in zip codes 38106, 38126, and 38109.  The eight-week program intends to teach peer parents how to address the economic and systemic stressors of low-income families that impact early success for children, targeting parents of school-age children and ensuring school readiness. The program's goals include:

  • Increasing positive parenting skills among parent/community connectors
  • Developing support groups with parent/community connectors
  • Providing training sessions for parent/community connectors on brain development, safe sleep, infant mental health and ESCN online referral toolkit
  • Increasing parent/community connectors’ advocacy skills and involvement in the local community
  • Collecting survey data
  • Working to ensure that parents in these zip codes have access to the necessary resources and information needed to ensure school readines