GALVESTON — St. Vincent’s House is partnering with the Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance and the Family Service Center to train two Hope Academy preschool teachers this month to become facilitators of The Incredible Years parenting program.

This program is designed to teach and enhance parenting skills for preschool- and kindergarten-age children. The Incredible Years is a series of evidenced-based programs established to assist parents and teachers in rearing academically, socially and emotionally healthy children.

The Rev. Freda Marie Brown, executive director of St. Vincent’s House, said the partnership is in alignment with the group’s stated mission of “providing the services, resources and tools for individuals and families to sustain themselves … and to live in hope.”

“We are grateful and proud to continue the St. Vincent’s House legacy of offering hope by rolling out this program to the community in the near future,” Brown said.

Patricia Johnson, director of the preschool, said: “During this nine-week program we expect positive outcomes. We think our parents, which are a mix of very young parents, grandparents and hardworking parents, will learn to positively interact with their children. They will be able to learn positive engagement skills, including how to talk to them in an encouraging manner. Parents will also learn healthy cooking and eating skills. It’s a win-win for our community.”

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