What We Do
A wealth of research shows that early childhood education can have profound impacts on children’s lifelong health and well-being. This evidence has fueled the rapid expansion of pre-K, considered a powerful policy lever for Black and brown children facing inequities rooted in structural racism.
Though the expansion of pre-K holds promise, decades of research and practice at the Center for Early Childhood Health & Development highlight that educators often feel unprepared to engage with families, especially families whose culture and lived racial experiences are different than their own. This is an urgent gap as families hold incredible power to shape children’s early learning and development and home-school connection is critical for success.
ParentCorps targets this gap. In close partnership with pre-K programs, we work to build a different pre-K 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 pre-K for all.
“I feel very powerful to engage
and encourage my parents.”
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“I feel very powerful to engage and encourage my parents.”
“[My first time observing Parenting Program] I expected a didactic lesson in best practices, but what I saw instead actually moved me to tears. It was clear that parents were viewed as valued partners and that the engagement and community created here would extend far beyond the children’s pre-K year.”
Carly Roberts, Overdeck Family Foundation