Discovery Center + The Family Center: A Powerful Partnership

Discovery Center + The Family Center: A Powerful Partnership

By Katie Adkisson | February 18, 2015

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Discovery Center and The Family Center Partner for Quality Family Time

“Research demonstrates that child abuse and neglect impacts our community through costly negative social, emotional, and even physical health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” said Dawn Eaton, executive director of The Family Center. “Healthy parenting practices are foundational for lifelong health and help children grow into healthy, productive citizens. Our focus is to prevent child abuse and neglect through teaching positive parenting skills to vulnerable parents.  The Discovery Center memberships complements our work and will be utilized to encourage and empower the parents to spend quality time with their children.  It’s an honor to partner with the Discovery Center.”

Responding to

Responding to "The Slap" on NBC

By Jennifer Drake-Croft | February 13, 2015

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NBC's miniseries, The Slap, premieres February 12 and is generating important conversations about parental attitudes and appropriate discipline. The trailer to The Slap features family and friends enjoying themselves at a barbecue when a misbehaving boy swings a bat at another child. Because the boy's parents do nothing to correct his behavior, the father of the other child rushes over, grabs the boy and verbally reprimands him for not listening to adults. The boy then kicks his shin which leads to a forcefully administered slap from the other parent. 

64% Improvement

64% Improvement

January 27, 2015

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Find out how many parents and children we were able to impact last year by checking out our 2013/2014 statistical infographics.

Parents Helping Parents

Parents Helping Parents

January 27, 2015

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"This will never work!" said the mom, new to The Family Center parenting class. "Being tough on kids is what helps them the most." It was obvious this monther had seen more than her fair share of parenting challenges and being tough on her kids was the only skill she felt comfortable using. "Empathy is an important skill we teach in our parenting classes," said Jenn, Parent Educator. 

Children’s Cabinet Launches www.kidcentraltn.com

Children’s Cabinet Launches www.kidcentraltn.com

January 15, 2015

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In July 2014, the Children’s Cabinet rolled out kidcentraltn.com, a one-stop shop for Tennessee families to connect with important information and resources provided by state departments.  This new website organizes content from across departments, making it easier for families to find what they need. 

Thanksgiving as a Parent

Thanksgiving as a Parent

November 24, 2014

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We would like to share with you a poem written by Jake, the father of a six-year-old, who graduated from our parenting class at the jail.

OpenLine: Discipline vs. Child Abuse

OpenLine: Discipline vs. Child Abuse

By The Family Center | November 1, 2014

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Watch the video from News Channel 5's Open Line interview with our Associate Director, Jennifer Drake-Croft. How far is too far when it comes to discipline?