Con­nect­ing for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies’ Par­ents as Teach­ers Pro­gram earns na­tional praise

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY -

WOONSOCKET — Con­nect­ing for Chil­dren & Fam­i­lies (CCF) earned a pres­ti­gious en­dorse­ment by Par­ents as Teach­ers Na­tional Cen­ter as a Blue Rib­bon Af­fil­i­ate, mak­ing it one of the top per­form­ing home vis­it­ing af­fil­i­ates within the in­ter­na­tional Par­ents as Teach­ers net­work. The of­fi­cial des­ig­na­tion was made in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Be­ing named a Blue Rib­bon Af­fil­i­ate af­firms that Con­nect­ing for Chil­dren & Fam­i­lies is a high-qual­ity mem­ber of the home vis­it­ing field, im­ple­ment­ing the ev­i­dence-based Par­ents as Teach­ers model with fidelity. Fam­i­lies in the North­ern Rhode Is­land com­mu­nity are pos­i­tively im­pacted by the ser­vices de­liv­ered by this pro­gram, which in­clude home vis­its, group con­nec­tions, child screen­ings and con­nect­ing to com­mu­nity re­sources, equip­ping par­ents with knowl­edge and re­sources to bet­ter pre­pare their chil­dren for a stronger start in life and greater suc­cess in school.

To earn Blue Rib­bon Af­fil­i­ate sta­tus, CCF un­der­went a rig­or­ous self-study and Na­tional Cen­ter re­view process to con­firm they are meet­ing Par­ents as Teach­ers’ stan­dards of fidelity and qual­ity. Blue Rib­bon Af­fil­i­ates are ex­em­plary pro­grams, de­liv­er­ing the high­est qual­ity ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies. Im­ple­men­ta­tion with qual­ity and fidelity is vi­tal in home-vis­it­ing pro­grams as it de­ter­mines a pro­gram’s ef­fec­tive­ness in ac­com­plish­ing its orig­i­nal goals and in­tended out­comes. It also ver­i­fies that a pro­gram is be­ing im­ple­mented as de­signed.

CCF’s great­est strengths iden­ti­fied by the na­tional of­fice in­clude early child­hood learn­ing and par­ent en­gage­ment.

“We are very proud to re­ceive Blue Rib­bon Af­fil­i­ate sta­tus,” shared Terese Curtin, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of CCF. “The Par­ents as Teach­ers pro­gram model en­sures chil­dren are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Our staff pro­vides crit­i­cal re­sources and sup­port to Woonsocket and North­ern Rhode Is­land fam­i­lies, which they oth­er­wise may not have ac­cess to.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Par­ents as Teach­ers pro­gram, con­tact Denise Shavers, at [email protected]­cen­ter.org.

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