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Family Academy: Infants and Toddlers

Family Academy (FA) is a promising early childhood parent education model designed specifically for families in the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). It has three components:

  • family engagement and empowerment
  • a 13-week family-focused curriculum
  • social support for families

Family Academy is a parent education and empowerment program for families with children aged 0-3. Its purpose is to start early by empowering parents to get their kids ready for kindergarten and on the pathway to college and life-long success. It is family-focused and strengths-based.

CEED staff at the Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (CEED@UROC) received funding for the project Family Academy: Researchers and Practitioners Improving Outcomes for 0-3-year-olds. Our role is to help “manualize” the model and then validate its effectiveness. The Family Academy: Infants and Toddlers program is delivered by NAZ in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board (YCB), and CEED@UROC.

Family Academy was developed in 2007 as part of the place-based project Five Hundred Under 5, of which CEED was one of four leadership partners. In 2010, Five Hundred Under 5 moved to NAZ.

Project staff

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