In Program Year ending 8/31/20 the Parenting Cottage never ceased to serve families despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  Parenting Cottage staff were trained and implemented virtual home visiting as well as engaged parents and families with virtual Activity Hours and Storytime events. 

  • Program Areas:
    • Home Visitation-our Parents as Teachers home visitation program served over 200 families providing twice monthly visits including parent education and early childhood education
    • Prenatal Education – in partnership with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and March of Dimes our prenatal education program served expecting families providing weekly classes to families expecting a baby and helping to ensure that babies are born full term and healthy.
    • Group Education-our Parenting Toolkit group parenting classes served parents needing evidence based education to improve parenting skills and help parents reunify with their children.
    • Early literacy efforts in partnership with local library branches provided Story Time events at all Lubbock libraries, City of Wolfforth Library and City of Slaton Library.  Families enjoyed Storytime as well as guided early learning activities and were given a book to start or increase their child’s home library.  Reading to a child multiple times a week is critical in achieving school readiness.
    • Through community partnerships new parents went home from the hospital with a Baby Bag of parenting educational materials and resources for their family.  Educational materials help parents understand more about safe sleep environments, purple crying, shaken baby syndrome, postpartum depression, immunization and vaccinations and multiple sources of resources in the community for families of young children.
    • Through community partnerships distributed baby boxes to families without access to a crib for their child insuring newborns had a safe sleep environment.
  • The agency actively participated in the community in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect including being a lead partner agency in the South Plains Coalition for Prevention of Child Abuse
    • Participation in the GO BLUE LUBBOCK efforts held each April during National Child Abuse Awareness Month
    • Participation in community educational efforts around the issues of child abuse and neglect.