Babies and children do come with instructions and parents can get them at Catholic Charities! The Family Education and Empowerment Program provides five program services that educate families and give parents the power to be the best possible parents. We are celebrating 10 years of strengthening families through comprehensive, evidence based programming to educate, support and encourage parents to improve their circumstance to provide a stronger foundation for the child’s success in school and in life.
Bright Beginnings Southern Colorado
Bright Beginnings Southern Colorado gives parents support and information, providing free and powerful tools designed for newborns through toddlers in both English and Spanish. The service includes a free set of valuable materials appropriate for each age level and is for all parents of children birth to three years of age in Pueblo and nine additional southern Colorado counties.
La Familia Fuerte/Strong Families
La Familia Fuerte/Strong Families supports the healthy parenting and school readiness of children through a bi-weekly home visitation service utilizing the national model of Parents As Teachers that developed and uses the Born to LearnTM Curriculum to translate the latest neuroscience findings on early learning into concrete when, what, how and why advice for parents with children 0-3 years in age. This program is implemented in Pueblo and Crowley Counties. This program recently received the coveted Parents as Teachers Losos Prize for Excellence for 2010. Only three programs in the nation receive this recognition each year.
Watch a video from the award banquet:
Nurturing Parenting Program
The Nurturing Parenting Program provides to families with children of all ages the skills and resources to incorporate positive experiences in daily family life designed to build strong character, a sense of self-worth and a nurturing home environment for both the children and the parents. The program is offered in 16 week group sessions in both the English and Spanish language for both teen and adult parents. Serving Pueblo and Huerfano Counties.
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent
Catholic Charities offers a quarterly, “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” parenting class. The authors of “Love and Logic” (Charles Fay, Ph.D. and Foster Cline, M.D.) state that Love and Logic is a way for parents to take control of the home, while at the same time teaching kids to be responsible, think for themselves and be prepared for the real world. Class participants (including parents, grandparents, foster parents and educators) learn many parenting skills in the class through the use of education, interactive discussion, videos, assignments and role-modeling.
Good Touch/Bad Touch® – A Childhelp USA® Program
Good Touch/Bad Touch ® A Childhelp USA® Program is an evidence-based sexual abuse prevention for children pre-school through 8th grade. Through this program we provide education for parents, adult community members, trainings for facilitators and teach safety skills to children. Trainings provided by CCDP trainers which the program has been implemented in Pueblo school districts, Head Start, private schools and child care centers reaching 7,000 children annually. Serving the 29 counties of the Diocese.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
HIPPY is an evidence-based parent involvement, school readiness program that helps parents prepare their three, four, and five year old children for success in school and beyond. The program empowers parents as the primary educators of their children in the home and fosters parent involvement in school and community life to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences.
We’re excited to have this program coming soon to Pueblo! For more information about the program, visit www.hippyusa.org.