Precious Minds, New Connections provides comprehensive support services to young and/or first-time parents in order to reduce the likelihood for child abuse and neglect by encouraging:
- Parent-child interaction by increasing the amount of quality time parents spend with their child(ren);
- Development-centered parenting to help parents understand stages of their child’s development as well as help parents become good observers of their child’s growth and respond appropriately; and
- Family well-being by showing parents how their own family dynamics, culture and community influence their parenting. It is important that each parent recognize their own strengths and resources in order to build strong social networks that will help the family flourish.
How We Help
Precious Minds, New Connections is part of a larger initiative, consisting of over 20 agencies that offer parenting education classes, both site-based and home-based. Site-based parenting classes are provided in groups at several locations throughout Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall counties. To find a site-based parenting class, visit www.kronkosky.org/pmnc.
Among the multiple agencies that participate in this initiative, only five offer home-based, one-on-one parenting education classes, of which Catholic Charities is one. Home-based parenting education classes offer parents and their child(ren) personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home. Precious Minds, New Connections utilizes the Parents-as-Teachers program model and Foundational Curriculum. Key components of this model consist of:
- Personal Visits - Home-based parenting education visits are typically scheduled for one hour a week in the comfort of the parent’s home. The curriculum prepared for each home visit is specifically tailored to the child’s age and stage of development, providing customized parenting education for each family and their unique needs.
Home visits are centered around the relationship between the parent and child and encourage activities that promote healthy brain development and growth.
- Development Screening - Child development screenings are conducted on a regular basis in order to provide parents with valuable insight about their child’s development. Screenings can determine whether a child is on target developmentally or can detect a delay in healthy developmental growth. As a result of this assessment, any delay that might be detected early has a higher rate of being turned around.
- Group Connections - Precious Minds, New Connections hosts monthly events for parents and their child(ren) where they are encouraged to engage in activities in a group setting and learn about new and exciting parenting topics. It is important for new parents to make connections with others experiencing similar situations. Such interaction provides new insights and a valuable support system for parents at a transitional point in their lives.
- Resource Network - Each of Precious Minds, New Connections’ parent educators work directly with families to set achievable goals which provide a firm foundation for the family to thrive. If needed, educators will provide referrals to additional services offered through other Catholic Charities programs or social service agencies that families may qualify for. Utilizing their parent educators as a valuable resource, parents are given the support they need to adjust to a growing family and find the help they need to ensure self-sufficiency.
If you are interested in participating in Catholic Charities’ Precious Minds, New Connections, please contact (210) 568-8958 to set up an appointment today. Our certified parent educators are ready to help you and your growing family achieve your goals together.
Who qualifies for our program?
Home-based parenting education classes for young and/or first-time parents with a child under the age of 3 years within Bexar County