Family Center Inc. (d.b.a. Parenting Journey)

aka Parenting Journey   |   Somerville, MA   |  https://parentingjourney.org/

Mission

Parenting Journey's mission is to create safer, more resilient families by supporting them in developing the inner strengths, life skills, and networks of resources they need to succeed.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Mr. Imari Paris Jeffries

Main address

366 Somerville Avenue

Somerville, MA 02143 USA

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Formerly known as

The Family Center

EIN

04-2771011

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a need for effective, accessible, strength-based parenting supports for low income and diverse populations. Parenting Journey has specifically been developed for delivery in the community in settings such as Head Start that primarily serve low-income families. In addition, the session content has been designed to engage parents and to develop trust among group participants.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Programs for Parents

Parenting Journey I: This introductory curriculum focuses on promoting attitudes that enhance good parenting behaviors. Parenting Journey II: As the Journey continues, participants redirect their focus away from past experiences of being parenting and begin to examine their lives in the "here and now." Parenting Journey for Fathers: Following the same curriculum of the traditional Parenting Journey program, this course is designed specifically to meet the needs of male caregivers. Parenting in America: This curriculum was developed to address the unique challenges immigrant parents face as they—and their children—adapt to American culture. Sober Parenting Journey: Sober Parenting Journey is a 14-session psycho-educational group for parents in recovery.

Population(s) Served

Facilitator Training: In addition to direct service work and as a way of expanding the reach of its positive parent development curricula, Parenting Journey also offers a Facilitator Training program. This program prepares human service professionals to replicate and implement Parenting Journey groups at their own agencies. Facilitator Training was introduced in 1999, with a focus on training frontline workers who worked closely with parents, children, and families—those with the hardest jobs and frequently minimal professional support—providing them with innovative therapeutic techniques and a proven trauma-informed approach. The intensive 5-day program is designed for professionals interested in implementing Parenting Journey programs at their agency. Facilitator Training is available for the Parenting Journey I, Parenting Journey II, Parenting in America, Parenting Journey for Fathers and Sober Parenting Journey curricula. Upon course completion, these trained professionals will return to their agencies to offer the Parenting Journey program to the parents and caregivers they serve.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Champion in Action 2015

Citizens Bank

Urban Empowerment Award 2015

Year Up Boston

Affiliations & memberships

Children’s League of Massachusetts 2016

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of parents participating in Parenting Journey's direct service programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Programs for Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of replication sites implementing Parenting Journey programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Parenting Journey groups delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Programs for Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Parenting Journey's long-term goal is to become a national leader in the design and delivery of innovative parent development programs. At Parenting Journey, we believe that a person's attunement and adjustment to the world begin to develop in infancy, based on the environment in which the child is raised. Parenting Journey programs are predicated on a theory of change that posits that improved parental capabilities lead to improved parenting, which results in improved child outcomes. Parenting Journey's theory of change is based on a well-defined and detailed logic model that supports our belief that improved parental capabilities result in long-term improvements to one's parenting attunement and, as a result, an environment where children have an increased opportunity to thrive. Otherwise stated, incremental improvements add up and produce significantly better lives. Our success in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Washington D.C. has proven that the program positively impacts a diverse, multi-cultural population, and demand for the Parenting Journey program and facilitator training opportunities is such that replication efforts are increasing each year. Parenting Journey's intended impact for the current fiscal year, all of which directly support our long-term goal, are:In Fiscal Year 2017, Parenting Journey will offer 23 groups utilizing the evidence-informed Parenting Journey curricula. A minimum of 306 parents will be impacted by these programs, resulting in measurable improvements in parent/child relationships and a stronger family foundation on which to build.In FY2017, Parenting Journey will offer 29 Facilitator Trainings in NY, MA, FL, and Washington, D.C., with 342 individuals receiving facilitator certification. Graduates of Facilitator Training will return to their agencies to implement the Parenting Journey program within their own community.Utilizing the Parenting Journey Scale—which examines seven domains which have been shown to contribute to positive parenting practices—achieve statistically significant improvements in those who have completed Parenting Journey programs.

Programs for Parents: Parenting Journey programs, offered in Haitian Creole, Spanish, Portuguese and English, provide opportunities for mothers, fathers, and caregivers to develop themselves as nurtured and nurturing people, laying the groundwork for a strong family foundation on which to build. Parenting Journey provides direct services to over 650 individuals each year. National expansion of the program at partner agency sites supports the growth and development of the thousands of parents, children, and families in geographic locations that the Parenting Journey cannot reach directly. Facilitator Training: In the coming year, Parenting Journey will train 148 professionals through its Facilitator Training program. While many participants represent growth of current agency partnerships, many will come from organizations Parenting Journey has not before collaborated with, allowing Parenting Journey to reach and positively impact new audiences. Upon completion of the Facilitator Training, graduates will return to their organizations and begin conducting the program with the parents they support, thereby helping low-income, at-risk parents become more hopeful and optimistic about their future, more understanding about what it means to be a good parent, and more confident in their parenting styles by building on their strengths, all as part of building stronger, healthier families. These 148 graduates represent an opportunity to impact 2,960 at-risk parents and their 7,400 vulnerable children across New York's five boroughs.

Parenting Journey has thirty three years of experience in executing transformative parenting interventions with at-risk, low-income and/or immigrant parents from Greater Boston. These interventions have had a long lasting impact on over 131,000 children to date. Agency Leadership: Parenting Journey is led by Executive Director, Maury Peterson, MSW. brings more than 20 years of nonprofit, foundation, and corporate experience to overseeing Parenting Journey. In this role, she oversees the $2 million organization and drives its programmatic and research strategy as well as spearheads its local, state and national replication initiatives. Board of Directors: Parenting Journey has a highly engaged 11-member board that governs Parenting Journey's finances, engage in fundraising activities, and determines the organization's vision and overall direction. Board members are leaders in their respective fields which include the following: medicine, corporate philanthropy, higher education, and marketing and business development. Strong Partnerships: Parenting Journey believes in a collaborative approach and relies on a vast network of community partner organizations. They refer at-risk parents to Parenting Journey, expanding its reach. Community partners include Head Start, LIFT, and Cambridge Health Alliance. The longest standing partnership is with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), which Parenting Journey has worked with the since 1986. The organization works with DCF mandated families to foster resilience by focusing on identifying parents' strengths that can help them problem-solve, set goals, and more confidently raise their children in a healthy, positive environment.

Since 1982, Parenting Journey's powerful programs have helped parents build safer, stronger families. To date thousands of parents have participated in the Parenting Journey program—more than 52,000 since 2007. Nearly 1,900 professionals have graduated from the Facilitator Training program, and Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations across the U.S. and can be found in communities across MA, NY, DC, FL…and more! However, despite our successes thus far, there is still much more that Parenting Journey can accomplish in our effort to build stronger, more resilient families. There is a significant opportunity to leverage our local success into many new markets, helping many more parents. With an eye on replication in targeted markets, Parenting Journey will assist an additional 60,000 parents by the end of the five-year replication period in 2020.

Financials

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Family Center Inc. (d.b.a. Parenting Journey)

Board of directors
as of 01/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Bernard Haan

President and Founder, The Astra Foundation

Term: 2016 - 2018


Board co-chair

Dr. Barry Zuckerman

Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Boston University; Retired Chief of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center

Term: 2016 - 2018

Anne Peretz

Founder, The Family Center

Michele Souda

Principal, Wordpower Communication

Bernard Haan

President & Founder, The Astra Foundation

Eileen Brown

Founder, Cambridge College

Rosamund Zander

Family Therapist & Author

Nina Lynch

Digital Strategist, Accenture

Gregg Savage

Independent CFO Consultant

Barry Zuckerman

Retired Chief of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center

Imari Paris Jeffries

Executive Director, Parenting Journey

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/14/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.