New Partnerships Help Expand Prevention Services

October 23rd, 2014

Children’s Prevention Services is expanding through a variety of new initiatives. This summer, Prevention partnered with the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee to implement Second Step, an evidence-based program which teaches children pre-k to 5th grade the skills needed to succeed socially and academically.

Session topics included problem solving skills, self-regulation and social emotional skills. The goal is to teach 1000 children these skills this fiscal year.

In addition, through a new collaboration with Grace Place in Golden Gate, Prevention started a flexible, creative parenting program called Collier County Public Schools Title I Parent Academy where monthly parenting workshops are conveniently offered in the evenings on a variety of topics. Parents can register for a topic of interest or the entire series. Topics range from the warning signs of depression to bullying and alternatives to spanking to communicating with respect. Workshops are open to the public and run for the next 10 months. Through the collaboration, Hispanic and Creole translators are available and dinner and childcare is provided free of charge.

“We know that building a strong foundation starts in the home. Through this partnership with DLC and CCPS, we are building a healthier community.”
– Tom Powers, Director of School Age Programs Grace Place

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