Inter-Active Parenting and Developmental Child Care Approach

What if I could recruit,assess,develop a plan,train and mentor families from the crack pandemic into contributing members of society.

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

I have 30 plus years in Early Childhood Development and served Los Angeles drug exposed children. Within those years we received over $50,000 from Calif. Dept. of Ed. towards our After-School /Summer Youth program, Children of Promise. My inspiration is the smile on a parents' face when there're able to help their child. The focus is demonstrating parenting skills with achievable results.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian)

If you chose to self-identify your race, ethnicity, or origin, please share here: (the answer will not be public)

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Website

None at this time.

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

We are located at 5728 West Blvd., city of Los Angeles, 90043. Crenshaw Blvd./ Hyde Park area.

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [State]

  • California

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

The Inter-Active Parenting and Developmental Child Care Approach is primary impacting the cities of Stone Mountain Georgia, and Los Angeles California.

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

This project addresses our communities need for "common since parenting" and problem solving skills with domestic violence avoidance training. This problem is a direct result of the crack outbreak, which lead to mass incarceration and unpredictable recidivism. Our approach not only trains the parents it trains the child. Now we are breaking the cycle. In order to build America, we must build it's people.

Greetings,

With all due respect to those in the field of Early Childhood Development and Education, we have concluded that one of the solutions to enable caregiving adults the ability to build a safe and secure relationship with their children is "Parenting".  The key factor in our success is inter-active parenting parallel with child care. 

Our experience and research has proven to be true, "you can't give what you have not manifested." This generation has been taught to hate and to think it's always somebody else's fought. 

Now we must inspire, demonstrate and teach for change. Our approach inspires, demonstrates and teaches our caregivers, parents and children that they too have in them the capacity and the capability to love and be the "BEST" that they can be. 

The Laws of the land will never change the hearts of mankind, only Gods' love flowing through mankind will heal this land . . .

To Live, Love and Teach!

Olivia Thompson Green, Ph. D. 

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Children who are differently abled
  • LGBTQ or non-binary individuals
  • Religious minorities (non-Christian)
  • Low-income communities

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Childcare
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Mental Health

If you chose "other," please share the sector you work within here:

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Year Founded

2012

Project Stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

A mother with 3 children is released from prison after serving 5 years. Her children are 5, 8, and 9 and they are in foster care. The steps are; rehab, shelter or transitional housing, permanent housing. The process is 18 to 24 months. Once the children are reunited with the parents training begins. The parent attends parenting training & other needed skill development classes while the children attend age appropriate childcare. During this process the parents learn; forgiveness, healing, & problem solving. Our focus is "Family" and what family looks like to them. As a direct result of parenting the children are now shown love & encouragement which cultivates appreciation, respect, promotes self-worth and builds self-esteem. . . Wellbeing

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

2015 was used to find-tune this project. In order to extend our services to young adults under 25 we have partnered with 2 other Community Based Org. Our future goal is to incorporate Parent Education to all aspects of our other programs. Our short-term plan is to duplicate this program in Georgia and hopefully the entire USA. We demonstrate and practice daily with the parent what is taught in the Parenting Training. This reinforcement has proven to manifest desired results in extended family members as well as. We have a 95% success with our parents. The children of those parents who have participated in our training, their children graduated from high school, or went on to a trade school, college or university. And those that didn't pursue education are working, self-sufficient individuals with families. Truly this makes a difference . . .

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • less than $1k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Part of our financial sustainability is covered under the child care component, fee-for-service. We are pursuing private and public funding sources (CDE) to underwrite the other component of this project. The families participate in smaller fund raising (under $1000) for the children's' educational field trips and excursions. We model after the High Scope philosophy, "children learn through play" with the added thought . . . Adults do too!

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

There are other "like programs" offering Parenting training, however not like this one. The interaction of parent and child is carried to another level. The parents work closely with the parenting instructor and their child care provider. This instructional relationship continues after the parent completes the training. We have identified local public school to feed our children to. "Team-work" is the key to our success with families. We provide a continuum of care for our children and their families . . .

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

I have learned not to embrace trends or changing methodology.The most important and most promising shift for the wellbeing of children is Parenting! Change the thinking changes how you feel.Changing feelings changes behavior & changing behavior changes a person future. We are currently training licensed Family Child Care Providers in this approach.Our approach promotes healing of the mind, nutrition and healthy eating habits, physical activities and embarrasses the understanding of a higher power. As educators we must motivate,stimulate& direct the natural God given talents & gifts in children

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

  • Email

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka, who was it? (the answer will not be public)

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Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Relevance: Does this project seem to help children (ages 0 to 12 years) develop a strong sense of self, belonging, and purpose?

5 - Yes, this is great! The project lays out a strong, compelling case for how its model nurtures children’s wellbeing. - 0%

4 - It seems like a good fit, and the model talks explicitly about children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

3 - I think so. The project seems related to children’s wellbeing, but the logic is vague. - 33.3%

2 - Not sure. The project doesn’t have much to do with wellbeing, or it doesn’t give enough information. - 33.3%

1 - Nope, this project definitely doesn’t fit the challenge brief (e.g., It doesn’t help kids younger than 12, isn’t in the U.S., etc.) - 0%

2. Innovation: Does this project tackle children’s wellbeing from a new angle?

5 - I loved this! The project describes a novel model that addresses important cultural or systemic barriers. - 0%

4 - This is pretty cool. The project is addressing an important problem in a new or compelling way. - 0%

3 - I feel like there’s something there, but I want more details about what makes it distinctive. - 33.3%

2 - It’s a good project, but I’ve seen others like it before. - 33.3%

1 - It was confusing or hard to tell what it made it different. - 33.3%

3. Social Impact: What is this project’s potential for creating positive social impact?

5 - Lots of potential. This project is achieving impressive results, and it’s growing quickly. It could absolutely inspire changes in the ways we approach caring for kids nationally, across sectors (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

4 - Pretty good potential. This project demonstrates significant positive impact so far, and it could scale regionally or nationally one day and fundamentally change how a system operates (e.g. childcare, healthcare, education). - 0%

3 - Budding potential. This project is creating local impact, but it would take a few adjustments before it could scale. - 33.3%

2 - Some potential. This project demonstrates some initial positive impact, but it would require major changes before it could scale. - 33.3%

1 - Limited potential. This project has great intentions, but it looks like it does not include key drivers of a shift towards children’s wellbeing. - 33.3%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 0%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 33.3%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 66.7%

5. Offer some feedback. Where should this participant spend some time revising?

DEFINING THE PROBLEM. Make sure to articulate the root causes or main barriers of the social issue your project addresses. (Founding Story, Problem, Solution). - 66.7%

CLARITY OF MODEL. Make sure to mention (a.) the beneficiary, b) the main activities, and c) how those activities drive social impact. Keep it streamlined! - 100%

MARKETPLACE. Make sure to research other players in this space and articulate how this project is different. I didn’t get a complete sense of how this project compares to others. - 66.7%

IMPACT POTENTIAL. Make sure to use specific numbers to describe what your project has achieved so far! And consider how you might scale the model or its insights, through partnerships, trainings, or franchising. - 100%

WRITING STYLE. Try to stay concise and make it vivid. Avoid jargon. - 66.7%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

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Hello Olivia, 
Congratulations on an important project addressing a vital issue to the well being of children. As you revise the project, you might consider expanding on the specific programmatic elements of your work. It sounds like there are many differing elements and I'd like to better understand the continuum of services provided for families. I'm also very interested to learn what your measures of "success" are for families. I am sure there are many fantastic benefits families reap, but which are you measuring? Thank you for sharing your important work and I wish you continued success.