COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN DEKAlb AADD (Atlanta Alliance on Developmental International Women’s House Disabilities) Jewish Family & Career Services Africa’s Children’s Fund Latin American Association American Red Cross, Metro Atlanta Chapter Link Counseling Center Atlanta Children’s Shelter Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta Enterprise Center, Inc. Memorial Drive Presbyterian Community Atlanta Legal Aid Children’s Program Atlanta Urban League National Mental Health Association of Georgia Auditory-Verbal Center Odyssey Family Counseling Center Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Our House, Inc. Boy Scouts Atlanta Area Council Partnership for Community Action, Inc. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Planned Parenthood of Georgia Catholic Charities Atlanta Positive Growth Center for Pan Asian Community Services Project Open Hand/Atlanta Center for the Visually Impaired Refugee Family Services CHRIS Kids The Salvation Army Communities in Schools of Atlanta Scottdale Child Development Center Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc. Senior Connections Decatur Recreation Department Sheltering Arms Early Education DeKalb County CASA and Family Centers DeKalb Early Learning and School Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia Readiness Commission The Sullivan Center DeKalb Partners for Early Learning Tapestry Youth Ministries, Inc. Diabetes Association of Atlanta USO of Georgia Easter Seals North Georgia Visiting Nurse Health System Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children VOX Teen Communications Forever Family (formerly Aid to Children of Whitefoord Community Program Imprisoned Mothers) Wholistic Stress Control Institute Georgia Center for Child Advocacy YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Young Adult Guidance Center, Inc. Goodwill of North Georgia Youth Vibe, Inc. United Way in DeKalb County 2763 Meadow Church Road, Suite 210 Duluth, GA 30097 678.417.6434 tel • 678.417.6438 fax unitedwayatlanta.org WhY UNITED WAY PARENTS lEARN TO bE ChIlD’S FIRST TEAChER United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common All parents want their good. We focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life — education, income, health children to succeed in and ending homelessness. United Way unites nonprofits, businesses, government, donors and school, but many don’t know how volunteers to keep kids learning and in school, help people achieve financial stability, strengthen to make that happen. In DeKalb our health safety net, and end chronic homelessness. Join us and become a part of the lifeline. County’s Scottdale community, Carlotta Bradshaw helps parents set the stage for a successful DEC JAN V F NO EB school career. MAR OCT SEPT APR Carlotta is a parent educator in UG M AY A JUL JUN BABIES CHILDREN YOUTH FAMILIES PEOPLE HOMELESS DeKalb’s Parents as Teachers GOALS enter school avoid have access to are housed program, a nationally recognized are born healthy are self-sufﬁcient ready to learn risky behaviors primary health care within one year model for teaching parents of children ages 5 and younger. The idea is that by reaching parents when their kids are young, the FOCUS AREA home-school connection will be strong from the start. HEALTH EDUCATION EDUCATION INCOME HEALTH HOMELESSNESS United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta supports the Parents as Teachers program at several partner nonprofits in DeKalb County as part of its focus on education. “I want parents to realize they are their child’s first teacher,” says Carlotta, who is based at the DEKAlb COUNTY 2011 ADVISORY bOARD Scottdale Child Development and Family Resource Center. “I want to teach them how to advocate Anthony Acosta, Acosta Technologies Paul Pierce, Decatur Housing Authority for their child at school and make them aware of resources available to help them.” Ron Alston, SunTrust Melvia Richards, Richards & Associates The Scottdale organization works with up to 100 families at a time. Parent educators meet with Sheryl Chapman, DeKalb Workforce Joseph Sanders, UPS mothers and fathers in their homes or wherever they are comfortable. Some have painful memories Stacey Chavis, community volunteer Courtney Smith, community volunteer of their own school experience. Some cannot read. They may be overwhelmed with the responsibility Brenda Cibulas, DeKalb Community Lyn Turknett, Turknett Leadership Group of raising children and have few role models. Service Board Em Williams, Georgia Power When their child starts school, such parents don’t know their role. They think they can’t participate Janice Collier, JANCO Services, LLC in their child’s education because they aren’t educated themselves. Patrick Desamours, Edward Jones STAFF SUPPORT Sandra Ford M.D., MBA, DeKalb County Carlotta bonds with the parents, encouraging them to open up to her and share their fears. She Board of Health Demetrius D. Jordan, regional director teaches them how to help their children with language development, social skills and motor skills. Kristi Halford, community volunteer Tracy Christian, regional coordinator Many of Carlotta’s parents blossom. One such mother had three children ages 5, 3 and 2. With her Deborah King Ph.D., Deblar & Associates oldest about to start school, the single mom had no idea how to get involved. With encouragement, Melissa Manrow, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office she started volunteering at school and signed her child up for extracurricular activities such as Leonardo McClarty, DeKalb Chamber basketball. She even joined the PTA. of Commerce The mother took Carlotta’s message to heart: “The more the teacher sees you at school, the more Marilyn Nue, Atlanta-Fulton Public the teacher will know your child has an advocate. Teachers need to know you care. They need to Library System see your face.” Belinda Pedroso, Ascension Financial, Inc.
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