There is a Village for Families of Young Children in Guilford County: Series of Upcoming Events Will Offer Support, Resources, and Information to Local Families
Greensboro, NC: It’s been said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” From January through April 2019, local organizations that serve families of young children will be teaming up to help families connect with community resources available to support them in giving their children the best possible start to life.
UNC Greensboro’s Healthy Relationships Initiative, the Guilford County Partnership for Children, Greensboro Public Library, High Point Public Library, and Guilford Child Development are teaming up to host a series of “Family Village” events at the libraries in Greensboro and High Point to connect families with resources in a fun, interactive environment. All Family Village events are free, and advanced registration is not required.
The series will include workshops on health and wellness in January, grandparenting in the digital age in February, and supporting children through divorce in March. In April, the series will conclude with resource fairs to help families learn about local organizations that serve families.
Christine Murray, Healthy Relationships Initiative’s Director, said, “We want families to know that they don’t have to face the challenges of parenting alone. Whether it’s specific topics like divorce or grandparenting, or the general daily stressors of parenting, these events will help families know that our community is rich in resources to help them along the way.”
Each event also will spotlight the free resources available online from Sesame Street in Communities, which selected Guilford County as one of three initial pilot communities for disseminating these resources through local organizations.
LouMecia Staton, Community Awareness and Engagement Manager at the Partnership for Children of Guilford County shared, “We are so very excited to bring back the Family Village events for a second year! Our goal is truly to be a resource in the community and for families to feel safe, appreciated and supported at these events and by our organizations. We look forward to meeting families from all over Guilford County at our workshops and fairs, and hope to continue our partnership together for years to come.”
Family Health and Wellness Resolutions Workshops
- January 5th, 9:30-11 a.m., High Point Public Library
- January 12th, 9:30-11 a.m., Greensboro Public Library (McNairy Branch)
Grandparenting in the Digital World Workshops
- February 8th, 9:30-11 a.m., High Point Public Library
- February 13th, 9:30-11 a.m., Greensboro Public Library (McGirt-Horton Branch)
Supporting Children through Divorce Workshops
- March 9th, 9:30-11 a.m., Greensboro Public Library (Central Branch)
- March 16th, 9:30-11 a.m., High Point Public Library
2nd Annual Family Village Resource Fairs
- April 9th, 6-8 p.m., High Point Public Library
- April 10th, 6-8 p.m., Greensboro Public Library (Central Branch)
About Healthy Relationships Initiative: The Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI) is a countywide movement to infuse the local community with information and resources to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships and prevent the negative consequences of relationships distress. HRI involves a partnership between the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development and Phillips Foundation. In addition, HRI is supported by strong partnerships with a variety of other community-based organizations in Guilford County, including Phillips Foundation grantees and other public and private organizations.