Parenting Resources

The Brains are Built Campaign is aimed at supporting members of the African American community who are caring for our babies – parents, grandparents, family, friends, neighbors, childcare providers, faith communities, and community organizations.

If you have questions or want more information about promoting the healthy development of babies – call Sameerah at 1-800-550-7195.

The list below includes trusted community organizations who provide culturally supportive services to African American families and their children:

  • Circle of Parents – mutual self-help support groups for families. For more information or to find a group near you, please contact Lisa Deputie the Metro CircleofParentsLogoColor_SmallProgram Coordinator at MCCC/PCAMN at ldeputie@pcamn.org
  • Club Mom – A group for moms of children birth to 5 years old – For more information call Tamiko at 651-266-1585
  • Black Men’s Project – A group for African American men – For more information call Dave Ellis
  • How Trauma Effects Early Childhood – A training for parents, community members, and service providers – For more information call Nedra Robinson
  • Community Conversations:  Living Room Conversations (geared to adults) and Kickin’ It (geared to young adults 17-21)
    53 Community Conversation Host have been trained since December 2014 in four separate cohorts on topics such as ACE’s, historical trauma, and more. These hosts are out in the community hosting conversations in schools, local organizations, churches, and homes. We are looking for more passionate African Americans to attend our next training, and to continue to spread the positive message that “Brains are Built, not Born”. The NEXT training of Community Conversation Hosts will take place on December 9th and 10th. If anyone has questions about being trained as a host, or would like to have a host facilitate a conversation at their organization, please contact the African American Babies Coalition or visit our Eventbrite page to register!
  • Kofi Services– Kofi Services are culturally specific, school and home-based programs developed to increase the positive functioning of African-American youth in the home, school, and community. This positive functioning is intended to foster social/emotional well-being, a sense of confidence, competence, and cultural consciousness.
  • NdCad (Network for the Development of Children of African Descent)– The Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) is a family education center based in St. Paul, Minnesota. We serve children, families, and communities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area, offering a variety of literacy and cultural enrichment programs and services for children, youth, and adults.Website: http://www.ndcad.org/  Website: https://www.wilder.org/Programs-Services/Youth-Development/Pages/Project-Kofi.aspx

Help us support the healthy development of African American babies by sharing the Brains are Built campaign with the people in your community!

You can download posters from the Brains are Built campaign here: Brains are Built campaign posters