ParentCorps transforms the pre-K experience in historically disinvested neighborhoods by helping schools partner with families to build a future where all children thrive.
“The most important thing I’ve learned is to take care of myself and ask for help when I need it. It is ok for us to talk about what it’s like to be parents, to be honest about how tough it can be… and to be proud of ourselves for working so hard to give our kids a good life.”
“Programs often come in with the lens of expert. Instead, ask:
How do we honor parents’ expertise with their own children and their autonomy to choose what’s best for their families?”
Kai-ama Hamer, ParentCorps Manager
Commitment to Racial Equity
Racial equity is central to ParentCorps. We believe that we cannot talk about parenting, teaching, or social-emotional learning without an explicit focus on race and culture, and deep efforts to understand the challenges families face - including immigration status, income, and especially racism. Aiming to correct the harmful patterns of outsiders telling people of color how to parent their children, we strive to center the perspectives of families of color.
We believe that everyone should have access to the latest science on child development, while holding families and teachers’ autonomy as a core, non-negotiable value. In working with families and teachers, we create space for ongoing self-reflection on teaching and parenting in the context of race, culture and lived experience, present evidence-based strategies, and trust families and teachers to make the best decisions for their children and classroom.
Lastly, our work is internal. We are committed to building the requisite muscles to engage in courageous conversations about race, and from that foundation interrogating white supremacy -- in ourselves and in all spaces where we are present.