DeKalb County Schools Implement New Parenthood Program


RAINSVILLE, Alabama (WAFF) – A new program in DeKalb County hopes to help parents become more involved in their children’s lives.

The Parenting Partners program encourages parents to “be there” for their children.

The 6-week program teaches parents to build their children’s confidence and communication skills.

Ashely Pettyjohn was one of 50 parents who attended and graduated from the program.

“One of the things that I think really touched us was not being a distracted parent. We have so much to do in church, at work, at school and we are always multitasking and I think it is important to step away from the laundry basket and be fully engaged with your children ” , said Pettyjohn.

Tara Kirby is the Dekalb County Schools Parent Engagement Specialist.

She said her main goal was to encourage parents to become more involved with students and provide them with resources to help students succeed.

“My goal is that I just want these parents to feel comfortable going into school and talking with teachers, talking to administrators and we want them to be leaders in the school and to be able to do so. ‘they turn around and be leaders in the community,’ Kirby said.

Superintendent Jason Barnett said he was excited about the program and looks forward to building stronger relationships within the school system.

50 parents graduated from the first class.

If you are a parent and would like to register for the next session, you contact Tara Kirby at [email protected]

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