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Show Me Strong Families celebrates first birthdays with Wild One theme
A child turning one year old is important for any parent, but it is especially gratifying for parents of Black children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Black babies are three times more likely than white babies to die before their first birthday, prompting many Black parents to view their baby’s inaugural anniversary year as a milestone.
As part of its comprehensive package of services, St. Louis-based affiliate Show Me Strong Families (SMSF) works to lower the incidence of prematurity and maternal and infant morbidity and mortality by supporting early stages of Black women’s pregnancy and hosting group connections that allow them to partner, facilitate and reflect with their peers. During the First Birthday group connection, SMSF brings families together for a great meal, birthday presents, entertainment, and an opportunity to celebrate together and realize the importance of home visiting.
Day at the ballpark returned
Back by popular demand, Parents as Teachers resumed hosting Parents as Teachers Day at the Busch Stadium Ballpark in downtown St. Louis, MO. Four hundred Parents as Teachers Baseball Cardinal fans and their families attended the game to raise awareness about Parents as Teachers. Ticket holders received a Parents as Teachers Day at the Ballpark commemorative shirt, jumbo hot dog, fountain drink, and a Build-A-Bear Workshop bear.
Top Workplace winner for a second consecutive year
Parents as Teachers National Center was awarded a Top Workplaces honor by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newspaper’s Top Workplaces program for 2022 for a second time. The award is based solely on the feedback from a survey that Parents as Teachers staff completed.
“Being named a Top Workplace is especially gratifying because only a select group of companies make the list. I am honored, especially because the judges responsible for our placement among them were our employees,” said Parents as Teachers President and CEO Constance Gully.