Universal Parenting Places

UPPLogoFinalUnderstanding that parents are the key to preventing many ACEs, our signature program is Universal Parenting Places (UPP), revolutionary care centers where parents can receive professional counseling, information and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how small. The UPP vision is based on the work of international speaker Robin Karr-Morse, founder of “The Parenting Institute” based in Portland, Oregon.

The Need

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.

Proven Success

Innovative and original, and with programming tailor made to the communities it serves, our Universal Parenting Places have been featured by national and local media for the rare, free services it provides local parents. See the highlights:

UPP Locations

Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
6225 Humphreys Blvd | Memphis, TN

Knowledge Quest
990 College Park Drive | Memphis, TN

Perea Preschool in Klondike Elementary
1250 Vollintine Avenue, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN

Christ Community Health Services
3481 Austin Peay Highway
Memphis, TN 38128

Leland Medical Clinic
201 Baker Blvd
Leland, MS

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