Parenting Network

The Bristol's Promise Parenting Network coordinates access to existing parenting education and support resources, identify and address gaps, advocate the benefits of parenting education, and help educators complement and grow services.

Meets the third Thursday of each month at noon.

Join the Facebook Group for meeting access and updates, or email samantha@bristolspromise.org to receive meeting notices.

Parenting Classes & Workshops

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PROVIDERS: Help us get the word out and please invite parents to participate. Contact samantha@bristolspromise.org

Attached at the Heart Pilot Program

Attached at the Heart parenting education curriculum serves parents and caregivers of children from prenatal through 5 years of age. It offers practical and critical parenting information and support based in more than 70 years of research and experience, as well as promotes the critical role of attachment in resiliency and empathy.

To learn about classes see the catalog below, or contact samantha@bristolspromise.org.

To become trained to offer Attached at the Heart, contact samantha@bristolspromise.org.

*Note that in-person training and classes are not currently available.

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Highlights from Bristol’s Promise Parenting Network - July 2020

Drive-through parenting event on August 8: The August 8 Changes to Baby and Me Healthy As Can Be Event for new and expectant parents is a drive-through event. Baby and Me Healthy As Can Be is a free community event for new and expectant parents with children 18 months and younger. By registering for Baby and Me, you will immediately gain access to over a dozen parenting classes and enter to win door prizes. On Saturday, August 8th, you will have the opportunity to drive through our vendors, collect prizes, and connect with resources throughout our community - all from the comfort of your own vehicle! Sponsored by the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, WIC, Ballad, BlueCare, Baby & Me Tobacco Free, YWCA Moms R Us, Hope House, and Mom Power. To Register click here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerL6b10-9eYvf7bMScrQ78disIFdHBeyicRWqSkxS-FVqsgg/viewform. If your organization would like to sign up as a vendor for this event, please register here: https://forms.gle/Bj99skrP5YvqorW67

Parenting support and services. Bethany provides parenting advocacy, pregnancy counseling, support for parents in crisis, temporary placement for children, respite care for grandparents and other caregivers. Bethany welcomes referrals and for parents to contact them. Contact Gracie Good for more information at kgood@bethany.org.

Nutrition counseling for pregnant women, cooking for a family on a budget, and co-parenting classes. Sullivan County UT extension agency provides classes for low income families but classes are open to anyone. The co-parenting classes suffices the requirements for a 4-hour class for those divorcing with a minor child. Classes are available via Zoom several times a month and include information on how to navigate the process and minimize adverse childhood experiences. Classes are $40 or free with a court order. Contact Rachel Dean at rdean4@utk.edu for more information.

Free nutrition education to low-income families, with free reinforcements delivered to participant homes and offering parenting education programs provided by Washington County/Bristol City with the Virginia Cooperative Extension through Virginia Tech. For more information at contact Siera Wojciechowicz at speers@vt.edu or 276-676-6309.

In-person support as well as video sessions, and Children in the Middle class for divorcing parents. Contact Kendra Cook, kcook@frontierhealth.org, at Frontier health for more details.

Moms Night In - on Wednesdays and Saturdays Virtual Meetup - https://www.facebook.com/groups/513092412709901/

Perinatal mental health support for mothers with Cherished Mom. Viritual PSI trainings are available to providers. Through penelope77.com, water bottles purchased will also ensure one is included in care packages currently being delivered to Greeneville Community East (over 100 care packages delivered so far). Support groups meet every other Monday at 6:00 pm. The next meeting is 7/20. For more information visit www.cherishedmom.org/perinatal-support .

Free One-on-One Parenting Sessions: Bristol Family Resource Center. Adding “tools” to your “toolbox” to help you and your children/grandchildren/stepchildren/foster children be happier and healthier. Free one on one parent education sessions by appointment only. Topics included positive discipline, nutrition, budgeting, age appropriate learning, family management, safety issues, etc. REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN ADVANCE BY CONTACTING SUSAN MURRAY 276-645-3765, FamResCenter@outlook.com. Regular attendees may receive diapers, wipes, food vouchers, etc. Documentation of attendance provided upon request. Due to CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19, participants will be required to wear a mask (provided if needed), have temperature scanned before entry, answer screening questions and maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

Free Breastfeeding and Parenting Meetups Online. Meetings are a series of four rotating topics, however, no two meetings are ever the same. Join us virtually to get your questions answered and/or offer support to other parents.

      • The Importance of Breastfeeding to Mother and Baby
      • Baby Arrives; the Family and the Breastfed Baby
      • The Art of Breastfeeding / Overcoming and Avoiding Difficulties
      • Nutrition and Weaning

Meetings occur:

      • 1st Fridays 10-11am,
      • Mondays following 1st Fridays 4-5pm,
      • 3rd Thursdays 6-7pm,
      • and 4th Tuesdays 6-7pm EST.

Visit this link to sign up: https://www.lllmountainempire.org/online-meetings. Covers any breastfeeding questions and Third Thursday covers parenting questions.

Prenatal Breastfeeding classes and Tummy Time classes, and IBCLC services. Breastfeeding Essentials LLC. Contact Katherine Wilson-Thompson for more information at katherine@breastfeedingessentials.net.

Food and support benefits: The Sullivan County Health Department is still providing benefits through WIC and is still accepting new applications for CHANT. E-mail Kim Austin (kaustin@sullivanhealth.org) for more information about these programs.

Maternity home is open to new mothers: Hope House is an essential service and although there are no online group classes, they are open Tuesday-Friday 10-2 and using Facebook to engage parents (Tuesday Toddler Tips and Face-to-face Fridays, for example), providing parenting curriculum on specific topics for pickup, and using social distancing to provide needed items. Baby items and financial support are needed. The maternity home is open and accepting mothers with COVID-19 procedures.

Online support for mothers on Facebook: Cherished Mom is hosting regular online support for mothers via Facebook and offering perinatal support virtually: http://www.cherishedmom.org/perinatal-support/

Patients welcome and new OB patients: ETSU Family Physicians is seeing patients less frequently for social distancing, still accepting OB patients, and providing telehealth services.

Free support to teen parents: YWCA’s MomsRUs has shifted all of its teen parent support to online social media and chat support, working to help teens understand CDC recommendations and providing breastfeeding and parenting support. YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is currently accepting referrals for the MOMS R US teen pregnancy and parenting program, which offers free support and education classes to teen parents who are 19 years and younger and pregnant for the first time.

Parenting classes through Hope House, Families Free, and Mompower. In-person classes with reduced sizes underway. Parenting program is keeping its participants engaged with online mental health support. Program is taking referrals and volunteers are needed. Family Fun and Self Care events are all postponed. New Mompower class in Carter County, July 16-Sept 17, Thursdays for 10 weeks. Johnson City group continues with support. Contact Angie Martin for more information at angiemartin02@gmail.com.

Midwife and providing products for mother and baby. Grow Together- https://www.growtogetherjc.com/

Essential childcare services and educational webinars: YWCA of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee is closed to the public while it provides essential childcare services to essential worker families at this time. The marketing department is 3-D printing ear guards for healthcare workers. Send a message via the YWCA Facebook page to order ear guards. YW Cares and Sullivan County Health Educators have teamed up to provide an educational webinar series on a variety of public health topics.

Online family support; parenting materials, and welcoming new clients: Highlands Community Services is working remotely and supporting families online. They are accepting new clients, will mail or deliver parenting materials, and are providing support over the phone.

Website resources for families and organizations, childcare connections: Bristol’s Promise Connect is addressing childcare needs for essential workers, surveying churches for potential assistance as well as needs and matching providers with families.The website has guidance for childcare workers, how to protect themselves and children, and the Red Cross has a babysitting course that is available online. Bristol's Promise also provides Trauma Informed Care and ACES training and a working group to address becoming a Trauma Informed Community. Contact Margaret@bristolspromise.org for more information or to get involved.

Medicaid applications, mental health support, family resources: Magellan Complete Care is encouraging people to apply for medicaid and they have resources to help with childcare, housing, etc. They are providing mental health support and welcome calls to members, basic questions and referrals. Zoom support is available, as well as masks, and vision and hearing screenings. Contact Jennifer at jena98@hotmail.com for more information.

Parenting Network professional resource group, Parenting Survey, Parenting resource database: Bristol’s Promise Parenting planned parenting educator training with Attachment Parenting International has been postponed. A version of the program to offer training online and classes online to parents is underway. Bristol’s Promise Parenting Network group hosts a Facebook group for professionals to share professional and parent resources, including links on how to notice anxiety and speaking with children at different ages, responding with sensitivity, story tools to speak with children about COVID-19, and support for parents. BP Parenting Network is also distributing a survey to share with parenting educators and another for parents to gain insight into parenting needs. Parenting program updates to accommodate COVID-19 can be submitted online at www.BristolsPromise.org.

If you need help accessing online resources provided on Facebook, please contact the organization or samantha@bristolspromise.org.

Bristol's Promise Parenting Coalition is sponsored by Ballad Health's Accountable Care Community

Project Manager Samantha Gray, samantha@bristolspromise.org

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