The Mentor for Teen Parents prevention program is offered through Marygrove therapeutic residential treatment facility located in Florissant. Marygrove provides care for children, teens and young adults with behavioral and psychiatric disorders, mostly related to early life trauma. The Mentor for Teen Parents program focuses on supporting pregnant and parenting teens who are currently in transitional and independent living programs. Through a mentor or case manager, teen parents receive education and guidance for child abuse prevention, mental health, child development, child care, and community resources and housing. Mentors demonstrate how to live productively while raising a child. CTF funding supports mentors and case managers, both critical positions that directly impact teen parents and their children. We spoke with members from the Marygrove senior management team about the importance of independent and community support.
Rose Crofford, Marygrove Chief Operations Officer, talks about the importance of teen parents learning to support themselves and their children.
AUDIO: Importance of self-reliance for parenting teens
Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove Chief Development Officer, says community support greatly enhances the program’s success.
AUDIO: Community support
Dads Mentoring Dads is a program provided by Prevention Consultants of Missouri in Rolla. It’s designed to provide new or inexperienced dads, who may face challenging circumstances, with a mentor who will provide guidance toward successful fatherhood. Men of all ages are recruited so that the mentors can be matched up with a mentee they can best relate with. Participant dads may be referred by Family Court, Children’s Division, other local agencies, or may simply request on their own to become involved in this voluntary program. Mentors will work to develop a positive and supportive relationship for a minimum of one year. In Rolla alone, more than 900 families with children under 18 have no father figure in the home. For more than 350 homes in the area, grandparents are the primary caregivers.
We spoke with Jamie Myers, Executive Director, to learn more about Dads Mentoring Dads. He says, “We are excited about the opportunity CTF has given us to develop this unique method of reaching dads who have struggled to be engaged in their children’s lives. We have an active evaluation plan that should give us some good data and outcomes to report as the program continues.”
AUDIO: Myers talks about steps taken to provide a successful program:
AUDIO: Myers describes some of the setbacks fathers may have that the program can help them overcome.
The Dads Mentoring Dads program is currently looking for volunteers who would like to give back. For more information, visit preventionconsultants.org or call 573-368-4755.
The Cubbies Who Care program is part of Jefferson City School District’s Southwest Early Childhood Center, with the mission to provide conscious discipline education for parents and to be used in classrooms. Conscious Discipline©, is an evidenced-based parent education curriculum built on current brain research, child development information and developmentally appropriate parenting practices. The curriculum is designed to empower parents to consciously respond to, rather than unconsciously react to, everyday conflict. The Cubbies Who Care program focuses on four areas of interest: parent meetings, staff and community, Parents as Teachers, and teens as parents. Funded in part through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Cubbies Who Care uses surveys to determine the needs of at risk parents. Many of the families participating are affected by poverty and nearly 80% of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program students have one or more developmental delays. With the help of Southwest Early Childhood Center staff and volunteers, Cubbies Who Care is able to provide parents with the resources needed to support their children.
We spoke with Nicole Langston, Principal of Southwest Early Childhood Center, and Lisa Dierking, Family Advocate for Southwest Early Childhood Center, about the Cubbies Who Care program.
AUDIO: Lisa Dierking talks about her role, as well as the structure of the Cubbies Who Care program.
Through small parent meetings, Title One and Early Childhood Special Education families have the opportunity to connect with each other, and to come together and learn together.
AUDIO: Nicole Langston explains the needs of local childcare providers.
Community surveys allow for needs to be assessed, but more importantly provide information on how these issues can be solved.
AUDIO: Learn about the other two focuses within the Cubbies Who Care program.
The Parents as Teachers program provides community-wide meetings for all parents, while the Teens as Parents program focuses on teen parents by providing positive, conscious discipline examples.
AUDIO: Find out how one Missouri business supports Cubbies Who Care.
Scholastic gives away books during every parent meeting. Because of this support, every family that attends a parent meeting receives two books.
AUDIO: Hear how Cubbies Who Care is using the Children’s Trust Fund grant.
Through the CTF grant, the Cubbies Who Care program has been able to provide useful materials for parents and families.
AUDIO: Nicole Langston talks about the long term goals for the program.
The overall purpose of the Cubbies Who Care program is to build up our community, while providing parents the skills needed to mold children with positive futures.
For more information about the Cubbies Who Care program, call (573) 659-3026.
SIDS Resources, Inc. located in St. Louis, is a private, not-for-profit network that connects people to programs, services and information relating to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Missouri. As a long time partner of the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), SIDS Resources serves as a distribution center for safe cribs in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.
Utilizing funds from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate, SIDS Resources provides a Pack n’ Play safe crib and crib sheets benefiting low income or at-risk families with infants. The program identifies eligible families through referrals from many surrounding community partners including Catholic Charities, St. Louis County Health Department, Family Care Health Centers, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The program focuses on removing the economic barrier that families face in terms of providing a safe sleeping environment for their babies. In addition to presenting parents in need with a safe crib, community volunteers and staff members work to educate and inform families on safe sleep practices and reducing the risk of SIDS for their infants.
We spoke with Lori Behrens, Executive Director, SIDS Resources, Inc. about the importance of the partnership with CTF.
AUDIO: Behrens on CTF as a reliable funding source
She says community partners assist the program in a number of ways from letting them know who may need assistance, to lending a hand when their own resources get low.
AUDIO: Behrens on additional support
Behrens says the Safe Sleep program is the best way to inform and educate the public on safe sleep practices for children. She says the in-person contact made through the pack-n-play program offers an expanded opportunity to educate parents and caregivers.
AUDIO: Safe Sleep Pack-n-Play Distribution Program
CTF license plate marketing partner organizations throughout Missouri help promote and sell the plates to increase prevention awareness and raise funds that are returned directly back into the community to provide prevention programs that help children and families.
For more information go to SIDS Resources, Inc. or call 800-421-3511.