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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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Parenting Tips

Salem Mom and Daughter

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

  • Focus on one role and one activity at a time.
  • Give yourself enough time to shift from one role to another.
  • Review schedules and routines. Avoid too much structure and rigidity.
  • Make sure you do something for yourself and something for your adult relationships each week. Your needs are important. The best way to be a loving parent is to feel good about yourself and your life.

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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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