When Tiffany was referred to CDR earlier this year, she was struggling and overwhelmed. Tiffany, age 22, had three boys under the age of three to care for, and she wasn’t juggling the responsibilities of motherhood the way she wanted to.
“At first I was skeptical that CDR could help,” she said. “But I am so proud of what I’ve learned and I love this place so much.”
Tiffany entered CDR’s Early Head Start program, and through home visits conducted by Hope Bailey, Tiffany leaned more and more about parenting her boys, how to foster their early childhood education, and provide a structured home life complete with playtime, reading, learning and more.
“I’m a young mom, and I spent a lot of time in my teens bopping around foster care. I didn’t know how to parent,” she said. “Now, I get down on the floor and play with them. This has been such a great opportunity to have someone teach me these things.”
Tiffany proved to be a very quick learner. Within a short period of time she improved her children’s eating habits, bedtime rituals, and so much more. She and her boys also joined CDR’s Developmental Playgroup. The boys’ father, Brandon, also participates and is looking into joining CDR’s Fatherhood program.
“My kids are so excited to go to playgroup, and it has been the best thing for them. They are learning their numbers, the alphabet, and they are making friends with other children.”
Tiffany added that CDR’s impact on her family’s life can’t be understated. “Everything has changed. CDR has helped me so much, I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned, how much more I know about being a better parent.”
If you would like to help other local families in the Historic Triangle, please consider donating to CDR. You can donate online at cdr.org, or call development at 757-566-3300.