Universal Parenting Places
Universal Parenting Places (UPP) are judgment-free zones where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small. UPPs are administered by the ACE Awareness Foundation in partnership with Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women and Knowledge Quest. View our brochure (PDF).
The UPP vision is based on the work of international speaker Robin Karr-Morse, founder of “The Parenting Institute” based in Portland, Oregon.
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Our community is experiencing high levels of ill health, obesity and violence. Emerging research in brain science, genetics and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study indicates that the most effective time to intervene in these problems is at the earliest point of detection of challenges by the family. This proactive process prevents or reduces the effects of toxic stress (a response that can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity) in children’s developing brains.
How it works
In the same way that visits to the pediatrician provide answers to common medical questions that help parents prevent physical disease, each UPP will utilize the latest findings from neurobiology and family therapy to provide state-of-the-art solutions to common concerns affecting children’s emotional and behavioral health. Our program is a preventive, relationship-based opportunity for all parents to get individual answers to questions about common challenges and sources of stress that effect children.
How it’s different
Most parenting programs–in Memphis and throughout our nation–target only high-risk or low-income parents, often after problems have developed and carry some stigma. But because research shows toxic stress in families crosses all socio-economic, racial and ethnic barriers, our parenting places will be offered to all parents, regardless of income.
Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
6225 Humphreys Blvd | Memphis, TN
990 College Park Drive | Memphis, TN
Perea Preschool in Klondike Elementary
1250 Vollintine Avenue, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN
Coming soon! UPP at Christ Community Health Services in Raleigh.
Parent Support Warm Line
Understanding the need for real-time parenting help, the Foundation launched the Parent Support Warm Line in June 2016. The Warm Line is a free, go-to reference phone line providing professional guidance and support with dif cult or unclear parenting situations. The Warm Line (844-UPP- WARM or 844-877-9276) is operational Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The service is funded by the Foundation and administered by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.