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MTCC - Families First Children's Museum Education
Families First was established in Missoula, Montana in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization. Founded on principles derived from Families First of Boston and dedicated to the belief that all people raising children benefit from information and support, we focused on parenting education. We opened our children’s museum in 2002. This engaging space provides dynamic exhibits and programming for children, while fostering attachment and positive parenting through shared interaction. In 2016 nearly 1/3 of Families First Children's Museum (FFCM) clients (31.3%) reported incomes which were 100% or more below the federal poverty level. Research suggests supportive parents who offer positive attention are likely to raise children with high self-esteem who go on to experience academic and professional achievement and high levels of happiness. FFCM’s educational offerings bolster parents working to strengthen relationships with their children and grow family bonds, ultimately increasing the odds for children’s future educational and economic success. While the organization’s work has been focused primarily in the Missoula area, where more than 22,000 children reside, this VISTA project will allow for program expansion potentially to the entire state. Statistics indicate 34,000 children lived in poverty in Montana in 2016. The stressors impacting low income families can prevent even basic attachment and inhibit healthy parent-child bonds. Poverty often begets poverty, and while low-income does not equate to poor parenting, economic realities often make effective parenting difficult. FFCM and the VISTA will work to bring parenting education and support to areas of the state where it is non-existent or limited and help parents understand that their family interactions may have profound effects on their children’s future.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will conduct an audit of training curricula and content currently in use by FFCM; coordinate with university and other scientific research entities to replace outdated research studies, training tools, and parenting strategies with current research and information; complete a community needs assessment and focus group design and formation; develop curriculum for use in parenting education trainings, with separable 'chapters' for individual subject/category trainings; establish thorough and rigorous set of evaluation tools to measure not only the effectiveness of the newly developed training curriculum, but also the impact of this training program on parental confidence, knowledge and identity.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Tribal ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  General Skills . 
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MTCC - Families First Children's Museum Education

Program Start/End Date
08/20/2018  -   08/19/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  


Accepting Applications
From  03/22/2018  To  08/06/2018 

Contact Callye Foster
Davidson Honors College
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79299