Shelby County to pilot parenting initiative

By: AP
By: AP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Shelby County will host a pilot program that will offer two "parenting places" where parents and caregivers can get professional and pre-emptive support for a multitude of issues.

Leaders in Memphis say the initiative is a way to help families break any destructive cycles and catch and problems before they turn into crises.

Early childhood consultant Barbara Holden Nixon is chair of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Center Task Force for Shelby County. She says there will be a focus on prevention and early intervention during the three-year pilot.

Social workers and licensed counselors will staff the parenting places, which are expected to open next January.

The privately funded initiative will be open to all families in Shelby County regardless of income.

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