Parents For Public Schools Receives A Grant To Implement A Program In Neshoba County
In Neshoba County, the non-profit organization “Parents for Public Schools” has put program instruction for a new program it was planning to implement in Philadelphia on pause, due to challenges presented due to the threat of COVID-19.
This month, “Parents for Public Schools” was awarded a grant of $3,500 from the Neshoba Education Endowment by the Community Foundation of East Mississippi to work with public school parents in Philadelphia, to implement their Parent Engagement Program – Early Childhood Development.
The goal of the program is to teach parents and caregivers to use activities and strategies to support a healthy physical, mental, and emotional development during early childhood to ensure that children as young as infants up to four years old are ready to succeed in school. The pandemic has impacted when the organization when hold the program, preventing parents and guardians from having access to it before the 2020-2021 school year.
“Right now, with the state guidelines saying that you can’t have gatherings – inside gatherings of more that 10 people, or outside gatherings more than 20, we knew that we’re going to have to allow for social distancing. You know, we will all need to wear a mask. So, all of that is up in the air right now,” said Becky Glover, Community Coordinator in the east central Mississippi area for PPS.
She also shared that the organization is taking suggestions from those in the Philadelphia/Neshoba County area, on ways they can safely offer the program in-person.
“We’ve got to find a place, whether it’s the parent resource center in Philadelphia –I can’t imagine that we would be able to use an outdoor classroom simply because its very interactive, and we’re honestly trying to decide how we’re going to adapt to this new way of teaching. We can do some of it online, but its just not nearly as interactive as it would be in person, but we want to do it safely,” said Glover.
“Parents for Public Schools” is continuing to utilize recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control as guidance to determine how to safely hold their program instructions.