Shelby County residents now have increased access to the groundbreaking services of the Universal Parenting Places (UPPs) with the opening of the third UPPs facility at Perea Preschool, a Ministry of Church Health, located at 1250 Vollintine Avenue, 2nd Floor (rooms 201 and 202).

“Our goal is to support families in their efforts to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which can have a lasting negative impact for children and their future wellbeing,” said Ellen Rolfes, executive director of the ACE Awareness Foundation. “By opening a third UPPs location, Shelby County parents and guardians have even more options and easier access for receiving no cost parenting support to help them navigate difficult, stressful situations.”

“It’s our honor to offer an UPP at the Perea campus to provide convenient counseling and services to parents and guardians of children who attend our school or live in the area,” said Alicia Norman, principal of Perea Preschool. “Our UPP site will offer consistent, unique and engaging opportunities to build relationships and bonds, becoming an outlet where children and parents can relax and have fun and reduce stress.”

UPP sites are dedicated to delivering practical information, guidance, and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how large or small. In addition to one-on-one parenting counseling, a sampling of open events that will be available include:

  • Daily Meditations;
  • Yoga for Adults;
  • Mommy, Daddy, Baby Yoga and Family Yoga;
  • Playback Memphis;
  • Drumming with Ekpe; and,
  • Music for Aardvarks.

The Perea Preschool site will be led by:

  • Molly Crenshaw, LCSW, RYT, as parent coach and counselor; and
  • Dot Phillips, as hospitality and community liaison coordinator.

Crenshaw most recently served as a licensed social worker at Seton Hospitals in Austin, TX. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in social work and went on to obtain a master’s degree in clinical/social work from the University of Texas. Phillips is an experienced communicator and manager, most recently working with Alpha Reporting and prior to that spending more than 25 years as a project specialist at FedEx.

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