- Provides information on effective life skills, issues critical in the lives of families, literacy and child development, parenting skills, and work-readiness
- Connects parents with a wide array of community resources
- Provides parents with opportunities to network and develop mutual support systems with others in the program
A significant portion of Parent Time addresses children’s growth and development. Discussing teacher behavior that was observed during PACT – Interactive Literacy Activities Time can take place in Parent Time. If parents decide they want to experiment with newly discovered behaviors-seeking change with positive results-staff members play a supporting role, one which encourages and affirms. The ultimate goal is to strengthen parents to do the best parenting job possible.
A healthy parent must first be a healthy person. During Parent Time, parents learn to access many resources within the larger community. This may range from eyeglasses and good nutrition to mental health services. Individually and as a group, parents work on the development of personal and social skills. As they strengthen skills, confidence develops, and expectations for themselves and their children change. Within this healthy, knowledge-based and comfortable atmosphere, parents find learning enjoyable.
Parent Time is a good place for parents to connect and bond, offering the opportunity to both give and receive support. Parents practice goal-setting and problem-solving strategies and begin to see themselves as change agents. Welfare reform demands that parents become self-reliant and employed. The barriers that keep parents from becoming successful often seem insurmountable. Family literacy helps parents remove those barriers. Parent Time offers solutions and support. The teacher is able to offer care and encouragement that parents need to stay in the program and to succeed.