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How Your Support Helps

By supporting Families First, you provide parents with workshop series that teach them to communicate better with their kids, to discipline in positive ways, and to build kids’ self-esteem. Even in poverty, kids thrive when they can count on a nurturing parent.

Secure and nurturing parent-child relationships are the foundation of every child’s well-being and future success. When you invest in Families First, you help children by building the skills and confidence of their parents.

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Access hundreds of research-based, field-tested parenting tips.

  • Role model. Children learn so much from watching their parents. A child’s parents are their first and best teachers.
  • Delay gratification. Teaching children how to wait for what they want is so important in a society where everything can change at the touch of a button or the click of a mouse.
  • Simple strategies such as working on the hardest homework first or waiting a day to make that impulsive purchase can teach a child the benefits that come from waiting.

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Families First was featured in the new book NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions for America’s Community Development Network! In the book, Frank Shea, CEO of Urban Edge, describes the benefits of our collaborative programming: “This innovative, multi-faceted, dual-generation approach holds great promise for enhancing the academic and life opportunities for the families we serve. The participating parents have emerged as leaders in the community, recruiting other participants and planning and implementing future programming.”

To find out more and order the book, click here.


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