ParentCorps transforms the pre-K experience in historically disinvested neighborhoods by helping schools partner with families to build a future where all children thrive.
What We Do
We partner with school district and pre-K leaders to deliver ParentCorps, centering the voices of families of color throughout all aspects of strategic planning, resource allocation, implementation, evidence building, and evaluation.
ParentCorps includes three components to help teachers and parents create environments that are safe, nurturing and predictable for children:
- a 14-week social–emotional learning program implemented by classroom teachers in all pre-K classrooms
- a 14-week parenting program for all families of pre-K students facilitated by mental health professionals
- professional development for school leaders, pre-K teachers, mental health professionals, and parent support staff
Two decades ago, a group of racially and culturally diverse researchers, mental health professionals, and educators at NYU Langone sought to create a culturally relevant, accessible parenting program with the potential to reduce racial and income disparities in both mental health and academic outcomes for low-income families of color.
We viewed high-poverty, urban public schools with pre-K programs as an important conduit to engage and support families. In addition, the transition to formal schooling is an important milestone in the lives of children and families, and it provides a critical opportunity to support early brain development.
Our team coupled clinical experience with knowledge from prevention science, developmental science, and adult behavior change to create ParentCorps, a scalable, family-centered program with the potential to transform outcomes for large numbers of children and families through pre-K programs.
Scaling Our Impact
We are looking for partners who share our commitment to evidence and equity to help bring ParentCorps to urban communities throughout the U.S.
Beginning with a pilot program in one public school in Harlem in 2000, ParentCorps now reaches more than 3,000 children and families in partnership with New York City’s Department of Education as part of Pre-K for All, an initiative of the Division of Early Childhood Education. The NYC Department of Education is invested in scaling ParentCorps professional learning, practices, and tools across the Pre-K for All system, serving 70,000 four-year-olds annually.
In 2015, efforts began to bring our evidence-based approach to U.S. cities beyond New York. Leveraging public and private partnerships, our team currently works with Head Start systems and school districts to bring ParentCorps to children and families in Detroit, Michigan and Corpus Christi, Texas.
ParentCorps is located in Manhattan at 227 East 30th Street. If you have any questions, please contact us at 646-754-5192.