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Collaborative for Children Selected to Deliver Parenting Services through Project HOPES

Collaborative for Children will be a key partner in carrying out the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES) project for families in Harris County. By supporting parents with evidence-based services and support systems, Project HOPES will reduce the risk of negative outcomes, including child abuse and neglect.

Led by DePelchin Children’s Center in Harris County, the five-year, $5 million grant was awarded by the Health and Human Services Commission on behalf of Texas Department of Family Protective Services to build a collaborative, sustainable and innovative support system for families with young children over the next five years.  

“Project HOPES is an exciting collaboration for families with young children in Harris County,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “Several local service agencies are coming together to provide individualized service to local families, while promoting a city-wide campaign to make parents comfortable with accessing support.” Ms. Jarriel believes that by establishing positive parenting habits early, we can build a supportive environment for healthy families and children.

As part of Project HOPES, Collaborative for Children will provide a continuum of services beginning with pregnancy through a child’s first 36 months. Collaborative for Children’s certified Parent Educators will meet with selected families in their homes to focus on parent-child interactions, development-centered parenting and family well-being. Parent Educators will engage parents and their children together, explaining a child’s development stages and promoting ways responsive parenting can support the development process.

Home visitations also are an opportunity for Parent Educators to periodically conduct developmental screenings and create comprehensive health records for each child. Parents will also participate in monthly groups that cover specific parenting or health topics. Through Project HOPES, Collaborative for Children will help families thrive with children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

“Collaborative for Children brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Project HOPES,” said Carol Shattuck, Collaborative for Children president and CEO. “Working directly with parents to solve problems and create positive home environments is a priority, and we are excited about joining other distinguished agencies to serve families in Harris County.”

Project HOPES will be an expansion of Collaborative for Children’s current program portfolio. Collaborative for Children is a leader in early learning quality improvement processes, working shoulder to shoulder each day with child care providers, families and community leaders. As a member of the Project HOPES coalition, Collaborative for Children will leverage these programs and partnerships to drive positive changes for families. With programs for child care providers and families across Greater Houston, Collaborative for Children has a platform of effective services to link families with the support they need.