The San Juan Basin Health Department has provided the families of Archuleta County with fun and education in the prevention of family violence with the Nurturing Parenting Program since the fall of 2007. We have served 74 parents and 84 children, providing 202 home visits for these families. We have enjoyed parents and children of all ages and backgrounds, with several types of family makeup. We have been able to offer this quality curriculum to both adults and children that focus on empathy for each other, appropriate expectations of our children and partners, alternatives to corporal discipline, using methods that provide structure and safety for the whole family, practicing positive communication and understanding the importance of personal power and independence. The program has been able to offer a professional staff, nutritious meals, incentives and transportation assistance due to San Juan Basin Health Department’s collaboration with the many caring agencies and individuals in our community, along with a recent grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.
Our fourth year will bring even more collaboration and special events, and more information will be available at local schools, churches and caring agencies. The next 16-week session will begin Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Head Start building. We have bilingual facilitators and will be offering a Spanish class, but will accept all families wishing to participate. We have the Nurturing Teen Wise Group facilitated by Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program’s Prevention Education Coordinator Liz Parker. We encourage parents and grandparents of all ages to join this group to support and enrich your family while having a night out for the whole family. Graduates of the program are welcome to return and repeat the class with their children and also volunteer with the program.
For enrollment information, please call Lily Tarbet RN at 749-5541, Liz Parker for teen program at 799-2187, or Laurie Echavarria for Spanish speakers at 903-5541.