The following is a hypothetical case study to show how our Phase 1 initiative could work in the life of a local family.
Getting On Board
Families seeking a seat on the Victory Train may contact any of our partner organizations and schools for information on how to sign up as a Rider on the Victory Train. Our partners provideCars(programs) on the Victory Train, in whichRiders(parents and children) participate, all aimed at helping the parent realize they are the primary educator to their child and theConductoron the Train, and supplying them with the tools and skills needed to raise Happy, Healthy and Successful children. Parents will register for Victory Train University, where our partner programs will be highlighted, and where parents will learn skills and lessons to teach their children, in preparation for school-readiness.
We at Victory Train envision the participating organizations and their programs as cars on the train. To illustrate this analogy, we offers the following scenario as Phase 1 begins.
An expectant mother goes to First Call Pregnancy Center where they help her prepare for delivery of the baby. Executive Director, Margaret Keck and her staff offer counseling and support to any woman needing assistance during her pregnancy. They provide pregnancy tests, ultrasound, education classes and help with needed baby items.
Once the baby is born, the mother and child may be referred to an ATLAS car called Parents as Teachers (PAT) which is under the supervision of Alicia Evans. PAT helps organizations and professionals work with the parents during the critical early years of their children’s lives, from conception to kindergarten.
In this car, an experienced, trained educator from PAT will provide in-home instruction to the young mother, guiding and coaching both mother and baby in preparation for school readiness. They will continue with the mother/child until the child is five years old.
The expectant mother could also join Lisa Brown and the TenderCare clinic where her medical needs can be met. While in the TenderCare car, the mother is introduced to the Centering Pregnancy Program.
In this car, expectant mothers, due around the same time, form a group (usually 20 mothers). They go through educational classes in preparation for delivery and become a support group to each other. The goal of the group is to strengthen self- confidence and empower women to take control of their bodies and their pregnancies.
After the child is born, the mothers are referred to Jackie Jones-McDonald at the Greene County Library. Mothers receive cards so they can start reading to the baby before birth. The mother is made aware of all opportunities at the library.
While in the Library car, the mother is given the opportunity to sign her child up with Diana O’Keefe in the FERST Foundation car. This car provides books to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success. Delivering books to 550 homes in Greene County, to registered children 60 times during the critical years of a child’s development, FERST Foundation eliminates one of the reasons parents don’t read to their children.
With support from prenatal to 3 and PAT assessments dating back to birth, the parent and child embark on other cars on the Victory Train depending on their needs. In these cars, children will be assessed to see what areas they may be behind and to offer educational classes to parents in those areas.