The Potts Family Foundation believes that a two-generation approach to family support is the best way to empower both children and their parents to lead productive and successful lives.
Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs. A child’s parents and family form his or her first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and act as role models in how to act and how to experience the world around them. By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school. Children thrive when parents are able to actively promote their positive growth and development.
For many families every day is a juggling act involving work, child care, school and conflicting schedules. But for low income families, the challenges and consequences can be even more significant. Research shows us that a child raised in poverty is more likely to become an adult living in poverty – less likely to remain in high school or remain consistently employed.
Recognizing this connection between child and family well-being and future success, we believe in a two-generation approach to address the needs of families as a whole. By simultaneously equipping parents and kids with the tools they need to thrive while removing the obstacles in their way, we can create the best avenues for success.
For this reason, we believe that a child’s healthy development can be facilitated by providing parents and families with:
- Voluntary, evidence-based, home visiting programs for new and expectant families at risk for poor child outcomes
- Parent education and parent-child interaction programs that are age and culturally appropriate and support the development and nurture of infants and toddlers