Partners in Family Development

Partners in Family Development The Short Years Partnership offers family support and parenting education services. Our goal is to help parents & caregivers engage with their children in ways that lead to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement, and future success.
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Partners in Family Development was established in March 2007. Our goal is to assist parents in establishing healthy and safe environments and parenting practices that promote the optimal development of children.

Operating as usual

09/23/2020
Short Years Partnership

We have a new page for the Short Years Partnership! Facebook wouldn't let us change the name of this page 🤷‍♀️ Please head on over to the new page and hit "like" to make sure you keep seeing our parenting tools & tips.

https://www.facebook.com/shortyearspartnership

The Short Years Partnership offers family support and parenting education services. Our goal is to help parents & caregivers engage with their children in ways that lead to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement, and future success.

09/13/2020
Long-Distance Hug

Today is National Grandparents Day! We had so much fun yesterday with the parents and kiddos who joined our virtual grandparents themed group, singing songs, reading stories, and making gifts for our grandparents. If you missed out on the fun, it's not too late to make a special gift with your kiddo for their grandparents. Check out this awesome video PAT Parent Educator Deb made, demonstrating how to make a long-distance hug you can send in the mail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DVBuBuUzFw&t=10s

Deb demonstrates how to make a mailable DIY "hug" to send love to someone near or far. Poem: Here's a hug With a handmade touch Just to remind you I love you...

Do you have a friend or family member under quarantine because of COVID? If so, here’s an idea for a care package to bri...
09/01/2020

Do you have a friend or family member under quarantine because of COVID? If so, here’s an idea for a care package to brighten their day.

📖 A book
🍊 An uplifting essential oil
🍭 A sweet treat
👐 And a long-distance hug

Check out this video to see Deb demo how to make the hug yourself or with your kiddo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DVBuBuUzFw

Join us September 3 OR September 12 from 10-10:30 AM for a virtual song, story, & craft event celebrating grandparents!S...
08/25/2020

Join us September 3 OR September 12 from 10-10:30 AM for a virtual song, story, & craft event celebrating grandparents!

September 13 is National Grandparents Day, and we want to send grandparents (many of whom are a little more isolated than usual) some extra love this year. At this event, we’ll read your children stories and poems about grandparents and guide you through making a simple craft that your kiddo can send their grandparents in the mail.

This event is sponsored by 4R KIDS -for parents with their children ages birth through 5. RSVP at the link below and we’ll send you the Zoom link!
https://www.shortyears.org/upcoming-events

Learn to be the dad you want to be AND earn state-owed child support forgiveness upon completion of an 8-week parenting ...
08/19/2020

Learn to be the dad you want to be AND earn state-owed child support forgiveness upon completion of an 8-week parenting course. This is an opportunity for Warren County Dads to hone parenting skills through a nationally recognized curriculum developed by the National Partnership for Community Leadership on Fatherhood Development.

Classes are held on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 PM in Indianola. The start date is rolling, but space is extremely limited due to COVID-19 precautions. Pre-registration is required. Call today to sign-up:

Benjamin Bell @ 515-988-0505 or Val Cameron @ 515-971-2977

This program is sponsored by the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership.

08/18/2020
Introducing Scissors to Your Toddler

Parents! Whether you are sending your kids to in-person school, helping them with virtual school, or hosting homeschool, it's good to prepare the littles to use school tools. Today, PAT Parent Educator Deb is demonstrating how to introduce scissors to your toddler.

Many parents have asked us whether they should send their children back to school this fall. We wish we could tell you w...
08/12/2020

Many parents have asked us whether they should send their children back to school this fall. We wish we could tell you what the best thing to do is, but the truth is, there's no "right" answer. There's only the answer that's right for you. Fortunately, there are tools out there to help make the best decision for your family. Check out the link below to see the CDC's Back to School Decision Making Tool.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community/schools-childcare/back-to-school-decision-checklist.pdf

08/04/2020
We merged!

Partners in Family Development and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County merged on July 1st, 2020, and now we're the Short Years Partnership! We took this name from the accurate adage that when your kids are little, the days are long but the years are short. By combining forces, our two organizations intend to operate more efficiently and serve parents better during the short years.

05/11/2020

We miss our families!!

A good reminder!
04/24/2020

A good reminder!

04/09/2020

Partners in Family Development has an immediate opening in our Parents as Teachers Program for a part-time Parent Educator in Warren County.

Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based parenting education and family engagement model designed to serve families through custom home visits until their child enters kindergarten.

The Parent Educator will conduct home visits with parents with young children throughout Warren County. Hours will vary and will include day, evening, and occasional weekend hours. Regular travel is required.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Conduct home visits with parents with young children throughout Warren County.
• Maintain ongoing knowledge of child and parent development.
• Develop respectful and trusting relationships with parents while providing them with information,
support, and encouragement.
• Demonstrate respect for diverse needs and characteristics of families.
• Complete regular documentation in a timely manner.
• Plan and facilitate group events.
• Represent the Parents as Teachers program at various community events.
• Attend regularly-scheduled team meetings and ongoing training opportunities.
• Adhere to confidentiality policies.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• High school diploma and two years of previous supervised work experience with young children and/or
parents
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
• Computer proficiency with email, internet, and word processing
• Ability to learn to use computer-based record keeping
The candidate hired for this position will be required to attend an out of state, five-day training within the first
two months of employment. Additional training may involve occasional out-of-state travel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, education, social work, or related field
• Supervised experience working with young children and their parents in a home visitation setting
• Strong working knowledge of child development
• Classroom teaching or group facilitation experience

Partners in Family Development offers a positive, supportive work environment with competitive pay. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Sheena Sullivan, Executive Director, via email at [email protected].

Positive Parenting Solutions
02/11/2020

Positive Parenting Solutions

Either way we spend the time.

Come learn with us: http://bit.ly/PPSclass

Parents empowered by 'Wait Until 8th' keeping kids smartphone-free longer
02/07/2020
Parents empowered by 'Wait Until 8th' keeping kids smartphone-free longer

Parents empowered by 'Wait Until 8th' keeping kids smartphone-free longer

Parents empowered by 'Wait Until 8th' keeping kids smartphone-free longer Parents are saying "no" to smartphones for young kids. By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWNAugust 11, 2017, 4:45 PM5 min read0:55A group of parents attempt to keep smartphones out of the hands of childrenA doctor in Colorado is leading the...

Have you ever wondered if you could donate to our organization? Yes, you can. . . and we just made it easier! Go to our ...
11/12/2019
Partners In Family Development

Have you ever wondered if you could donate to our organization? Yes, you can. . . and we just made it easier! Go to our website and click on the 'Donate' button in the top right corner. This will take you to a secure site where you can give a one-time or regular gift. You can also set up an online fundraiser. . .and Giving Tuesday is right around the corner!

We are Partners in Family Development. We are here to lend a hand during your parenting journey. We have worked to equip and empower parents in the early stages

Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen
10/01/2019
Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen

Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen

New research shows that videos for toddlers doesn't help them learn, even if someone on the screen actively engages with them.

"...it’s important to know that—though the effects of toxic stress can be real and powerful—experiencing it is never the...
07/17/2019
What We Can Do About Toxic Stress: An Infographic

"...it’s important to know that—though the effects of toxic stress can be real and powerful—experiencing it is never the end of the story. There are things that can help, on an individual level, a community level, and a policy-making level, to lessen the effects of toxic stress."

Making sure every community has the resources to build a strong support system is one of the ways we can promote resilience.

Role Model Good Feeding
07/11/2019
Role Model Good Feeding

Role Model Good Feeding

Be a positive role model around food and eating I love this cartoon and the common sense message to be a good example when it comes to feeding your child! Lots of good advice here. We know wha…

From a hedgehog too anxious to go ice skating to a puppy who can’t make his letters come out right, children’s books add...
07/11/2019
44 Children's Books About Mental Health | Child Mind Institute

From a hedgehog too anxious to go ice skating to a puppy who can’t make his letters come out right, children’s books address many emotional, behavioral and learning challenges kids face. These books help kids name and understand feelings and experiences they may be struggling with. At the Child Mind Institute we’ve contacted publishers all over to call in books that address mental health and learning disorders and other common challenges, like dealing with painful experiences and coping with strong emotions.

Our favorite books on everything from ADHD to trauma help kids understand the emotional and learning challenges they may be experiencing.

Contact Partners in Family Development to bring BlockFest to your school, child development center, library or place of ...
07/10/2019

Contact Partners in Family Development to bring BlockFest to your school, child development center, library or place of work!

Would you like to host a BLOCK Fest at your school or learning program? There are BLOCK Fest exhibits spread across the US. Send an email to Katie at [email protected] to find one near you.

Safer Sleepovers
07/10/2019
Safer Sleepovers

Safer Sleepovers

In many places school is out and kids' summer activities are getting started - riding bikes all day, pool parties, sleepovers, and summer camps. You make sure your kids are prepared with helmets and swim lessons, but have you thought about how to prepare them to be away safely overnight and have saf...

Work at the 2019 Iowa State Fair!
07/10/2019
Work at the 2019 Iowa State Fair!

Work at the 2019 Iowa State Fair!

Iowa State Fair, 3000 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317 There are plenty of things to do to get ready for the Iowa State Fair, and we need you! With just a month before the Fair, we're hiring for ticket takers, ticket sellers and parking attendants. Open job interviews will be held July 11, 2019...

"As research has grown in this area...we’ve discovered that nature is not just good for kids’ health; it improves their ...
06/12/2019
Six Ways Nature Helps Children Learn

"As research has grown in this area...we’ve discovered that nature is not just good for kids’ health; it improves their ability to learn, too. Even small doses of nature can have profound benefits."

Spending time in nature helps kids do better in school, in a number of surprising ways.

Did you know that you can help build a child’s brain – starting even before babies can talk? Simple serve and return int...
06/11/2019
How-to: 5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return - Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Did you know that you can help build a child’s brain – starting even before babies can talk? Simple serve and return interactions between adults and young children help make strong connections in developing brains. And, it’s easy and fun to do! This how-to video breaks down serve and return into 5 simple steps (from Filming Interactions to Nurture Development) and features adults and young children doing each step together.

This how-to video breaks down serve and return into 5 simple steps and features adults and young children doing each step together.

"...when you put a thoughtful question to your child, it zaps on her thinking mode automatically. And when young minds t...
06/10/2019
100+ Questions You Can Ask Your Kids That Will Make You a Better Parent - A Fine Parent

"...when you put a thoughtful question to your child, it zaps on her thinking mode automatically. And when young minds think, analyze or introspect, they learn best and grow up to be resourceful adults who can who can think out of the box and survive in any situation."

Looking to connect with your kids? Boost social skills? Build resilience? Here's a cheat sheet of 100+ open-ended questions for kids that help you do all that and more!

We still have two desks for sale in our Perry office! Each is an L-shaped desk and is in great condition (obviously one ...
06/04/2019

We still have two desks for sale in our Perry office! Each is an L-shaped desk and is in great condition (obviously one is still being used but can be cleared out quickly). Each has cabinet space underneath. They come apart into two pieces, and will need to be picked up in Perry. We are asking $300 for each desk, but will accept reasonable offers too!

Iowa Family Support Network
05/23/2019

Iowa Family Support Network

24/7 Housing Interpretation Hotline helps landlords and non-English speaking tenants communicate during rent and lease negotiations, maintenance notifications, repairs, lease terminations, or whenever clear communications is essential.

Critical thinking – being able to look at a problem, analyze it, and come up with a creative and effective solution – is...
05/23/2019
How to Raise a Child Who Can Think Out of the Box and Survive in Any Situation - A Fine Parent

Critical thinking – being able to look at a problem, analyze it, and come up with a creative and effective solution – is one of the most important skills our children can learn. Critical and creative thinking skills help us make good decisions and solve problems. Those children with good critical thinking skills will be more successful as adults.

Analyzing a problem and thinking of a creative solution is one of the most important skills our kids can learn. Here's how you can raise critical thinkers.

We are downsizing our office in Perry, and have items to sell! Please click on each pic for a description of the item an...
05/23/2019

We are downsizing our office in Perry, and have items to sell! Please click on each pic for a description of the item and the price. If you want to purchase the item, you must be able to pick it up in Perry; unfortunately, we can't deliver. These items are cross-posted and available on a first come, first served basis. Please message us if you have any questions!

The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with...
05/22/2019
Resilience

The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult.

Science tells us that some children develop resilience, or the ability to overcome serious hardship, while others do not. Understanding why is crucial.

"The brain is not destiny," Noble says. "And if a child's brain can be changed, then anything is possible."
05/07/2019
How does income affect childhood brain development?

"The brain is not destiny," Noble says. "And if a child's brain can be changed, then anything is possible."

Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby's First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children's cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are working together to find out: Can we help ki...

Just wrapped up 24/7 Dad group in Norwalk. Look for opportunities to take advanage of this inspiring program in the futu...
05/07/2019

Just wrapped up 24/7 Dad group in Norwalk. Look for opportunities to take advanage of this inspiring program in the future!

Developed by fathering and parenting experts, 24/7 Dad™ focuses on the characteristics that men need to be involved fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This community-based program helps men develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills they need to get - and stay - involved with their children. 24/7 Dad™ focuses on key fathering characteristics like masculinity, discipline and work/family balance. The program helps men evaluate their parenting skills, as well as their fathering role models.

Norwalk 24/7 Dad Group

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515 N Jefferson Way, Ste F
Indianola, IA
50125

Telephone

+15159621020

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Nurturing Fathers in Action
Early Childhood Family Resource Center
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Learn and Play has been cancelled for today, January 24th, due to inclement weather. Stay safe and warm! See you next week!
Do you have a link to share for the Mothers and Babies research study?