A NYC family plays with ParentCorps' Fun with Feelings play mat, which helps children name and navigate their feelings.

Engaging parents as partners. Re-shaping children's first experiences in school.
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“This will be a game-changer for many of our students here in New York City.”

Richard Carranza, New York City Department of Education Chancellor (2018-2021)

ParentCorps' evidence shows a 24% lower risk reading below grade level in kindergarten.
ParentCorps' evidence 50% fewer mental health problems in elementary school.
ParentCorps’ evidence shows that children, with ParentCorps, are 44% less likely to be chronically absent in middle school.

Mission

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.”

ParentCorps Parent

“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, Associate Director, ParentCorps

Commitment to Racial Equity

At all levels of our work, racial equity is our North Star.

In working with families, we aim to correct the harmful patterns of outsiders telling people of color how to parent, and to honor families’ culture, lived racial experience, and expertise.

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

In working with system leaders, we aim to build capacity to create a new early education experience that addresses entrenched inequities for Black and brown children.

Lastly, our work is internal. We are committed to building the requisite muscles to engage in courageous conversations about race and interrogating white supremacy — in ourselves and in all spaces where we are present.

Partners

Center for Early Childhood Health and Development logo
NYC Department of Education logo
Thrive NYC logo
Starfish Family Services logo
Thrive By Five Detroit logo
Corpus Christi Independent School District logo
Universlty of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Arrow impact

Makerere University
Overdeck Familiy Foundation logo
Morris L Lichtenstein Medical Research Foundation
Bezos Family Foundation logo

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