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Thrive to Five Intern

Thrive to Five Family Resource Center - Tempe Elementary School District

Mission

The mission of Thrive to Five is to help families prepare children for success in school.

Website

http://www.thrivetofive.orgContact(s):

About the Internship

Duties:

The Thrive to Five Intern will provide both direct and indirect services to families and children, birth-five years old, to help families prepare their children for success in kindergarten. Duties will include:
- Assist with childcare while parents attend Thrive to Five class sessions
- Attend a childcare orientation and training session
- Interact with families, providing information about upcoming classes and services
- Attend marketing events to promote Thrive to Five classes and services
- Assist facilitators before, during and after parenting workshops and activities
- Help plan and implement large family events
- Participate in Read On Arizona planning and events
- Lead parent/child activity (if appropriate)
- Post on social media
- Create an email campaign for class
- Attend networking meetings and opportunities as appropriate to learn more of community resources available to families
- Attend training sessions and professional development sessions offered to Thrive to Five staff members

Population Served:

The target population is families with a pregnant mother and/or families with children birth to age five with targeted outreach to high-risk/high-needs families, including but not limited to isolated families, low-income families, teen parents including young fathers, grandparents raising grandchildren and first-time parents, living in Tempe, zip codes 85281 and 85282.

Community Need:

Families play the most critical role in shaping their young child’s readiness for school and potential for success in life, and family support is the foundation for enhancing children’s positive social and emotional development. The 2018 First Things First Regional Needs and Assets Report indicates that the East Maricopa Region has 54,701 children birth to age 5 representing approximately eight percent of the region’s total population. About 12 percent of households in the region have at least one child birth to age five, and about 29 percent of children in the region live with a single parent, which is lower than the percentage statewide (38 percent).

Arizona’s young children are more likely than their peers nationally to be born into challenging situations such as poverty, as well as being raised by single parents, teenage parents or grandparents. They also are less likely to receive the supports that can help mitigate the effects of poverty on their overall well-being (Building Bright Futures, 2015). An estimated 11 percent of the total (all-age) population of the region, and 17 percent of the young children, live in poverty. About 31 percent of families in the region with children aged four and under live below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Across the East Maricopa Region, the proportion of young children living in a grandparent’s household is 8 percent. Grandparents who are responsible for the grandchildren living with them have a greater rate of poverty (17 percent), compared to the general population of the region.

The lack of an available vehicle can limit a family’s access to a number of things, including basic needs and services such as health and child care. An estimated five percent of the households in the East Maricopa Region reported having no available vehicle, which is lower than the state’s overall rate (7 percent). In many communities, there is often not a public location where families can go to access comprehensive services, support, and resources that would benefit families who have limited and infrequent access to transportation. Additionally, in the FTF Family and Community Survey, almost 40 percent of respondents indicated they did not know if they were eligible to receive services provided in the region.

Community Impact:

Family Resource Centers provide a centralized location to connect families with a pregnant mother and families with children birth to age five with needed resources, supports, and services. The information and services provided are responsive to diverse families with varying levels of need and offer a comprehensive approach to increasing family stability by helping vulnerable families become more resilient and self-reliant. Services are designed with the flexibility to respond to the wide spectrum of needs of the community and reach diverse families. Staff work collaboratively with key community partners to convene resources and activities into an integrated service delivery system that is accessible and responsive to local families. By coordinating multiple services, Family Resource Centers work to avoid fragmentation and increase accessibility of services. The coordination of multiple services, strong collaborative relationships, and inclusion of diverse populations and services are critical to the implementation of the strategy.

Embedded in local communities, Family Resource Centers bring together services and activities that provide information and education for families to promote positive changes in behavior and strengthen families. Family Resource Centers serve as safe, accessible community hubs and provide flexible, family-focused, and culturally responsive information, resources, and services covering a wide range of topics. Topics include parenting, family stability, child development and early learning, health and safety, and early language and literacy.