Heart to Heart: A Positive Parenting Program

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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Tricia Havenstein of Edventure on Family Literacy Night at SLP

Heart to Heart: A Positive Parenting Program is the newest program for families at SLP.  Through community partners and existing parenting programs, SLP will administer a weekly program aimed at improving relationships between parents and children, and in turn improving outcomes for children.  School readiness and success, along with a healthy parental relationship can make all the difference for our children.

This research-based program will be offered weekly, and will include parenting topics such as Childhood Illnesses, Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, Developmental Milestones, and Internet Safety 101.

The program began a few weeks ago, and the classes offered so far included Positive Discipline, led by Nurturing Center staff, Effective Communication led by ProParents staff, and Early Literacy led by Edventure staff.

A parent is (or should be) a child’s first teacher.  “The conceptual framework that has guided early childhood work in the past 50 years holds that some combination of parenting, sound nutrition, rich experiences, and a healthy environment produces a healthy trajectory for readiness to succeed in school.  The problem is that the most vulnerable part of the population isn’t achieving readiness for school.  Significant adversity overwhelms these families.”  (The Buzz on Brains and Babies: Two Generation Interventions).  St. Lawrence Place houses these vulnerable families.  We have a unique opportunity to significantly change the lives of the adults while they live within our program, and Heart to Heart will allow us to significantly change the lives of their children as well.

A huge thank you to the agencies and individuals we are partnering with to provide these classes, and especially to Junior League of Columbia for awarding SLP the grant to pilot this program in 2014.