Family Engagement

Tied Together - Nurturing Strong Families, ages 0-4

Tied Together is a non-traditional parent education program.  Our model combines four core strategies including prevention and early intervention, empowerment and strengthening, development of supportive social networks, and promotion of broad community change.

Tied Together strengthens and educates parents so they are better able to facilitate the development of caring, competent, and healthy children. 

10 Sessions include:

  • The philosophy and practices of nurturing parenting; communicating with respect
  • Check-ups; building self-worth in children
  • Enhancing brain development in children and teens
  • Ages and stages of infants and toddlers, teens and adolescents
  • raising children and their behavior; alternatives to spanking
  • Understanding feelings; learning positive ways to deal with stress and anger
  • Community health
  • Health and safety fair
  • Understanding and developing morals, values and family rules
  • Graduation ceremony

Tied Together is funded in part through the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Play and Learn - Two-Generational Program, ages 0-5

Play and Learn at Martha O'Bryan Center is a two-generational program where parents and their children, ages 0 to 5, working on educational activities and share a meal. This is followed by the children staying with our Play and Learn staff while the parents get to spend time with other parents and build community. The parents have the opportunity to attend cooking club, parent workshops delivered by our community partners from Vanderbilt, as well as share parenting techniques.

For more information on any of our parenting programs, please contact Anna Herring at

Other programs include Aramark Cooking Classes and Breastfeeding Group.