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Mother and child embrace

Helping schools 
partner with families  
to build a future where all children thrive.

 Evidence-based family engagement and social-emotional learning 

In partnership with school districts and Head Starts, we work to build a more impactful early education experience — one that centers race and culture, engages parents as partners, and supports children's social-emotional well-being – to help unlock the full promise of early childhood education.

Professional Development people

Professional Development

Professional Development 

supports school staff to form strong, culturally responsive relationships with families and promote children’s social-emotional well-being.

Parenting Program father and child

Parenting Program

Parenting Program supports families to promote children’s early learning and development. In a warm, predictable space, parents build community with each other and explore evidence-based practices they may choose to incorporate at home.

Friends School children

Friends School

Friends School, a classroom-based social-emotional learning program, supports children to build foundational social-emotional learning skills. Children learn to navigate strong feelings, develop a positive sense of self (including emerging cultural identity), build healthy relationships, and have fun together!

Proven Outcomes

Rigorous studies show that
ParentCorps leads to:

50% lower risk
of mental health problems


44% reduction
in chronic absenteeism


24% lower risk
of reading below grade level

ParentCorps Professional
Development leads to:


home-school connection


trust between parents and teachers

Commitment to Racial Equity

In working with families, we aim to interrupt harmful patterns of outsiders telling people of color how to parent, and to honor families' culture and expertise.


In working with educators, we aim to bring race and racism into the conversation to support authentic relationships with families.


In partnering with system leaders, we aim to address entrenched inequities for Black and brown children.


Lastly, we’re dedicated to ongoing learning and deepening these commitments to racial equity - in our work and ourselves.

“We've had families who come on a regular basis, and they have created their own little bond and relationships. The first week they left hugging, there was tears. They quickly formed a bond based off the content because [ParentCorps] allows them to share their own experiences.”

Cortni McGilbra, Tulsa Public Schools

“My favorite experience is witnessing how the parents bonded and supported each other during and after the sessions. They provided encouraging words, resources and ideas that worked for them in difficult situations. To me, this meant that they felt safe to be vulnerable and they seemed to find comfort in the fact that they were not parenting alone and had someone to listen to and share their experiences with.”

Mary Woods-Miles, Family Engagement Specialist, Starfish Family Services, Detroit

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