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Parents Find Solutions During Crisis

This pandemic has not been felt equitably.

Our country’s most vulnerable children are suffering the most.

The silence is frightening, and experts are discussing lifelong achievement and health problems. This is why Families First began rapidly exploring with parents to find solutions for them. We found disproportionate gaps in at-home learning experiences rendering child development stifled by increases in stress and traumas.

With the help of concerned parents, church ministry, individual, and corporate donations, the Cabarrus County Community Foundation/FFTC COVID-19 Response grants, and United Way of Central Carolinas, together we:

  • Delivered 100’s of learning activities to homes while remaining open for essential workers and providing 100’s of zoom, recorded readings, and more to ensure continued learning occurred in homes.
  • June 15th – Started our Critical Summer Learning Recovery Project: Free Preschool this summer for families who missed intervention therapies and are typically the highest risk.
  • Launch of our Front Porch Recovery program for our Celebrating Families group(s)!
  • Launching a 3-year commitment to at least 750 families (Core and Trauma). Services are in English and Spanish. This program follows our children from birth through 8 years old! What an excellent partnership to nurture, empower, and strengthen them for generational success.

Ready4K Parent Flyer – TI – English

Ready4K Parent Flyer – TI_Spanish

Examples and More on Ready4k

Below are examples of age-appropriate texts families will receive on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday where parents find solutions every day to help their children learn. They also receive personalized contact information for community resources right to their phones. What a game-changer for our community!

The family engagement curriculum supports the whole child from birth through 4th grade. Each week, parents and caregivers receive age-appropriate text messages in English, Spanish, or Arabic with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines. Content focuses on language & literacy, math & science, social & emotional learning, and physical development, health & safety.

During these times we are facing, children are suffering an increased and more intense adverse childhood experiences (ACE). When unaddressed, these potentially traumatic experiences can result in both immediate and lifelong negative impacts. Luckily, we can mitigate the adverse effects of trauma. Designed to help parents and caregivers find solutions during this crisis and buffer the effects of trauma by strengthening the five protective factors: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, and Social & Emotional Competency of Children.

 

Personalized Learning is an individualized family learning program based on children’s results on the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ®-3) referrals supplement services. Text messages support healthy growth and development measured by ASQ-3: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Personal-Social, and Problem Solving.

 

Partnering to Positively Impact Our Community’s Future!

To positively influence our community’s future, we must set our youngest minds up for success in school and life.

When you give to United Way, you are investing in your community. In your neighborhood. In nonprofits like Families First in Cabarrus County.

Your money goes where it is needed most in order to make a real difference in the lives of people living right here. Give today ➡️ https://uwcentralcarolinas.org/give-impact/

43 Children Graduate from Immersion Preschool Program

Congratulations to Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool’s Class of 2019 graduates – you made history! You are the first and only immersion NC Pre-K families to graduate since the program began in 2001! Your child’s enhanced development will prove to be a great asset to any community and the dreams they choose to pursue.

Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool’s Director of Operations, Aurora Swain, began yesterday’s ceremonies stating that, “bilingualism makes a better world, and bilingualism makes better minds” (author unknown). We are honored for this to be the 4th year of doing this program through partnerships with All Saints Episcopal Church, the Cabarrus Partnership for Children, St. James Lutheran Church, the Cabarrus County Literacy Council, community volunteers and agencies, teachers, site coordinators, business and individual donors and more. Many of these families also participated in our Parents as Teachers program, aimed to ensure school readiness; parenting proficiency; and family health.

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Mom Gives Back in a Creative Way

Mona Lisa was looking for a way to give back to Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool – Central, where her child is attending preschool this year. So she came by after school on Tuesday with a bunch of art supplies and spent a few hours teaching an art class for all of our teachers!

What a great way for our teachers to experience an art class just like their children do in their preschool classes! Thank you so much to Mona Lisa for donating your time and expertise to CBP!

Click here to check out Mona Lisa’s business, Fifty Shades of Paint.

 

A Mom’s Determination Leads to Massive Achievements

Obstacles and struggles are often the stepping stones to success. We see the proof of that in a mom we know named Ivanize.

Ivanize came to Families First in Cabarrus County after hearing from others that “Families First is helping people.” She soon joined our Celebrating Families program and began attending our ESL classes.

With the help of her amazing ESL teachers, Ivanize began to learn English and was determined to eventually take the Citizenship test to become a U.S. citizen. Her daughters were in full support of their mom and would even help her study the questions for the test.

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Parents as Teachers: Young Mom Pursues Her Dreams

Vanessa has come a long way since beginning the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program in 2016. At the time, the teen mom was seeking guidance on how to give her infant daughter the best start to life. Nearly three years later, both mom and daughter are thriving.

Parents as Teachers provided guidance, support and resources to help Vanessa understand and navigate the early years of her daughter’s life. Not only did PAT teach her about her daughter’s developmental milestones and how to keep her healthy, it also helped the young mom get through the challenging times, which she struggled with due to her age and lack of experience.

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