Young Children & Families
Our Tied Together parenting initiative gives at-risk parents from the Cayce Homes and surrounding east Nashville the education, resources, and modeling they need to raise healthy families. The program, which teaches positive parenting skills and supports good health outcomes among mothers, works to reduce infant mortality. Tied Together helps parents learn how to become their children's best teachers through gaining an understanding of child development. The nine-week curriculum is divided into topics that include Forming a Community of Learners, Immunizations, Brain Development, Health and Nutrition, and Safety. Parents receive essential educational, medical, safety, and nutritional items to take home after each session, to implement best practices learned in class.
Tied Together began in March of 2008 as a result of the Center's community outreach to clients and community members who provided feedback about the lack of positive parenting and hands-on supervision of young children in our neighborhood. We partnered with Vanderbilt University on evaluation and the program has been enthusiastically received by participants, staff, and area funding sources.
To effect positive change in our community, we know it is essential to start early in life as well bring the family and child together.