Family Support Programs
The Challenge: Some families lack the necessary resources to optimally raise their young children. Adolescent parents, adults with poor English literacy, first-time parents, and parents who were former foster children have specific needs for support and information to help them prepare their children for school success.
How We Help: Smart Start provides family support programs to address these basic needs.
Child Adult Relationship Enhancement
CARE is a trauma-informed modification of specific PCIT skills for general usage by non-clinical adults who interact with traumatized children and their caregivers within various milieu settings. CARE has been adapted for use in homeless serving systems. It addresses transportation and economic barriers through delivery of intervention within homeless shelters, DV shelters, and transitional housing settings. It is a skill-based intervention designed to enhance the adult-child relationship through live coaching.
Family Education Services
Provides a series of parent education classes, parent and grandparent support groups and community referrals for parents of children ages birth to five referred from Department of Social Services. Thompson uses three evidence based models, Nurturing Skills for Families, Incredible Years: BASIC Parent Training Program and the Circle of Parents Family Support. Parents participate in role-playing/group discussion and practice activities within sessions and at home to learn additional approaches to support positive parenting outcomes
Intensive nurse home-visiting model designed to improve birth outcomes, child development and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents. Mothers receive home visits from registered nurses beginning prior to the 28th week of pregnancy until the child is two years of age.
Safe Journey’s Parents as Teachers
Provides case management and educational support using the evidence-based Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum for adolescent parents. Services include: group meetings, home visits, leadership training, high quality child care and referrals to community resources.
YMCA Parents as Teachers
Provides case management and educational support using the evidence-based Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum for parents. Services include: group meetings, home visits, leadership training, high quality child care and referrals to community resources.
The Basics Mecklenburg
The Basics is a public education campaign built on five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles important for healthy brain development for children from birth to age three. Eighty percent of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, and every child from every bacground can benefit from routinely engaging in these fun, simple, and powerful learning experiences. The Basics brain development campaign is working through a variety of local partners to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported by family, friends, and the community to use ‘The Basics’ practices in everyday life.
Each Child. Every Neighborhood.
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202