Thanks for being part of our story.
2016 was an incredible year for children and their parents. With your support, we have been able to provide the guidance, support, and care that new parents need. We couldn’t do it without you.
Now, take a moment and DREAM with us as we begin the new year...
We talk a LOT about creating great childhoods for all children in Tennessee. It’s a lofty vision, but we believe it is possible. So how can we make it a reality? And how would things be different in Tennessee if we did?
IMAGINE every baby born in Tennessee in 2017 coming home from the hospital with parents who have been armed with the knowledge they need to care for a newborn. Each baby has a safe place to sleep, adults who are given the support and coaching they need to be ready to nurture, love, and bond with them, and will grow up feeling loved, valued, and supported by their caregivers and the community.
IMAGINE that same community surrounding parents, lifting them up in times of need and cheering them on when the stresses of parenting become too much.
NOW IMAGINE all of the babies born this year at five years old, arriving for their first day of school, eager to learn, and with a confidence that is born out of safe, nurturing relationships with parents, caregivers, and entire communities.
We can make these images a reality.
In the coming year and beyond, our hope is that you will join us on our quest to achieve our lofty vision. Together we can make it happen, and here’s what you can do:
why the brains of infants and young children are not “blank slates” but are more like the foundation of a house, and just like a house, the young brain needs a safe plot of land, a good builder, and the kind of structure, framing, and wiring that can weather any storm and remain standing.
the growing numbers of parents in your own community who are voluntarily seeking out the kind of knowledge and coaching that we provide through evidence-based home visiting. It’s hard to ask for help, but we know that parents want to do well by their children, and we’re here for them every step of the way.
that it takes parents, teachers, organizations, and communities working together to create environments where children can grow up knowing they are loved, supported, and set on a pathway to a lifetime of success.
that a great childhood translates into a healthy and prosperous life.