Tallahassee, Florida --
Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend has been awarded a $94,185 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a Legacy for Children™ project. The grant runs through December 31, 2011 and will serve 30 low-income parents with children one year of age or younger in Leon and Madison Counties.
Kids Incorporated is one of five (5) recipients nationally to receive this grant award, which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Legacy for Children™ targets new mothers through a home-based program designed to improve outcomes for children in poverty through positive parenting. Legacy aims to foster a sense of community and a belief in parents that they can achieve specific goals and outcomes. An Intervention Specialist will make bi-weekly home visits with all Legacy Project mothers and will hold weekly group socializations. As part of these visits and socializations, mothers will learn about child intellectual, social, behavioral and emotional development and activities designed to enhance these skills. Mothers will be taught skills such as time and energy management, parental behavior, parental knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, and family systems functioning.
“New mothers living in poverty will find this project extremely helpful,” Pam Davis, Kids Incorporated’s Executive Director/CEO noted. “Parents are their child’s first and life-time teacher,” she continued. “Legacy for Children™ will help them gain the skills and knowledge to make this most difficult job a bit easier and as a result, enhance sensitive and responsive parenting skills, parent/child interaction and promote a sense of community.” Davis indicated that parents with children under the age of one year will be enrolled in the Legacy Project in the next two months. While most of the parents will come from the Kids Incorporated waiting list (of over 400 children) for Early Head Start services, others will come from community referrals. A community outreach plan will be implemented in the next few weeks to help recruit mothers of young infants.
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