Parenting Program


Child

You are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Neighborhood House’s Parenting Program helps parents enhance their parenting skills so they are better able to support their children’s healthy development and education. It provides culturally and developmentally appropriate services for families with children ages 0-6. The program fosters an inclusive environment, valuing the diverse backgrounds of the families it serves and respecting cultural differences.
 

Parenting Program services include:

  • Developmentally appropriate parent-child interactive play groups.
  • Parenting support groups.
  • Workshops on nutrition, child development, and early brain development to strengthen parenting.
  • Home visits.
  • Health and developmental screenings for all participating children.
  • Parent resource lending library.
  • Toy and book lending library for children.
  • Support and advocacy for families of children entering school.
  • Linkages to community services and opportunities.
  • Family Literacy program, including ESL classes.
  • School transition services.
  • Trainings for schools and community service providers on cultural sensitivity and early childhood education.

     
Client Story
Jennifer and EmmaSophia moved from Somalia to the US seven years ago. She understood some English, but was very hesitant to speak. Then, she began attending the Parenting Program, where staff encouraged her to take driving lessons, enroll in ESL classes, and participate in activities at her children's school. Two years later, Sofia not only drives her children to school events, but also encourages other families to become more involved at their children's schools. She says communicating with her children’s teachers gave her confidence. Sophia now works as a school custodian.