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Can a Harlem ‘cradle to career’ program succeed in rural Mississippi?

INDIANOLA, Miss. — Katrice Warren was away at college when she learned she was pregnant. She decided not to go it alone and returned to her family and this rural Delta town where half the school-aged children live in poverty and attend some of the worst schools in the nation.

At the time Warren didn’t know the first thing about parenting, but back at home she discovered a Parents as Teachers program that pairs expectant or new mothers with experienced ones. She learned more about prenatal health, child growth and development, how to eat healthy and talk to her baby in the womb.

“It seemed like something I needed being a first-time parent,” Warren said recently while watching her now 2-year-old daughter, Madelyn, draw. “I didn’t know what to do.”

The program is part of the Indianola Promise Community (IPC), a federally-funded, community-based effort. Nationwide, there are dozens of so-called Promise Neighborhoods, or zones, that aim to offer a continuum of “cradle to career” services to lift low-income children out of poverty and improve outcomes for families.

IPC Newsletter Spring 2015

New words and old music. Cool shades and creative arts. College prep and self-respect. All are integral components to another great season of summer camps hosted by the Indianola Promise Community. Parents and their children are encouraged to get ready now for a summer of between-school and pre-school learning experiences. Beginning its sixth year, IPC continues to refine these camps to ensure the quality of each one…

IPC Newsletter, January 2015

In this issue: The Sunflower County Consolidated School District, Family Spotlight, CATCH Kids Club, Teen Talk, Cassandra’s Rules