The Easterseals Jump Start Parenting Program is catching its breath after two major program expansions in the last couple of years. How much did we grow? In February of 2016 we were a stable team of nine, by June of 2017 we grew to a team of fifteen, and at the last count, in August of 2018, we hold strong at 21 Parent Educators!
The hardest part of such rapid expansion has been making sure the Jump Start Program maintains the quality of our Parent Education services while adding team members needing intensive training and support. Do we make mistakes? Sure! However our team has embraced mistake-making as a way to make positive changes for our future work.
My favorite part? Supporting Parent Educators as they take on new roles and responsibilities and watching them thrive as they support families! There are 21 Parent Educators sharing, caring, and providing strategies to increase children’s readiness for school every day in the communities we serve. It makes my heart smile!