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Healthy Parenting Program

Established at A Child’s Place in 2017, the Healthy Parenting Program provides caregivers with support and a broad range of tools to help foster healthy, happy families! Our practitioners are trained in several evidence-based programs, including the internationally recognized parenting curriculum Triple P and the Evidence-Based Home Visiting model Parents as Teachers.

 


 

Triple P is an evidence-based program that focuses on goal-setting and problem solving specific to individual families’ needs, regardless of their circumstances. It aims to prevent problems in the family, school, and community before they arise and to create family environments that encourage children to realize their full potential. 

Parents as Teachers (PAT) provides a wide array of services to families with children from prenatal through kindergarten, and also offers deep insights into early childhood development. Since 1984, the model has been rigorously tested by peer-reviewed studies and shown to produce outstanding results for families.

Allegheny, Beaver, and Fayette Counties

Fayette County

The Healthy Parenting certified Parent Educators offer families free parenting support, which is available in-person and virtually to meet the needs of busy families. The Healthy Parenting Program helps caregivers raise happier children, better understand their child's development, plan for the future, manage misbehavior, and set rules and routines to make the family feel more confident and successful.

 

A Child’s Place, PA offers the Healthy Parenting Program to all families in Allegheny, Beaver, and Fayette County free of charge. To register for Triple P services in Allegheny, Beaver, or Fayette Counties, please submit the Triple P online referral above or email healthyparenting@achildsplacepa.org  To Register for Parents as Teachers services in Fayette County, please click the PAT online referral above.

Allegheny Co

1515 Locust St, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Intake Coordinator: Melissa
(412) 650-0455

Monday - Friday
8:30am-4:00pm

Beaver Co

1217 7th Ave, Suite 1
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Intake Coordinator: Melissa
(412) 650-0455

Monday - Friday
8:30am-4:00pm

Fayette Co

137 N. Beeson Ave
Uniontown, PA 15401

Intake Coordinator: Melissa
(412) 650-0455

Monday - Friday
8:30am-4:00pm

meet the team

Hi, my name is Alicia! I have a BA in Anthropology and International Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. I have previously worked in Child Welfare as a Protective Care Caseworker and Family Advocate. I have also worked in Refugee Resettlement and Community Organizing. I have two calico cats, I love listening to True Crime Podcasts, and amusement parks are my happy place.

 

I am accredited to teach the Triple P Level 4 Standard, Triple P Level 4 Teen, and Triple P Level 4 Group curriculum to Beaver County caregivers of children between the ages of 0-17. My favorite parenting strategy is directed discussion because it gives families a chance to connect, it gives the child another opportunity to make good decisions and learn new skills, and problem behaviors can be addressed without escalation. I look forward to continuing to serve our community and the families of Beaver County!

Alicia

Beaver Co. 

Angel

Allegheny Co.

Hello, my name is Angel! I have been doing parenting classes for seven years. I have a degree in psychology, drug, and alcohol I graduated from Carlow University, I have a history of education as well as being triple P accredited.

 

My most experience comes from raising my own four children which helps me to be sympathetic, help others to build confidence, and develop parenting strategies within their own home. Which helps parents to be empowered because parenting is one of the hardest jobs!

Hello, my name is Brooke! I hold a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. I spent 5 years in the childcare and education field with two years focusing on behavior change. In my spare time I love to read, play piano, and spend time outdoors with my two pups!

 

I am accredited in Triple P 0-12 and Triple P for Teens. My favorite strategy is the “acknowledging emotions” routine. I love it because it promotes connection during the times you are most likely to argue or isolate. Harvard conducted an 80 year study to find out what helps people live the happiest and most fulfilled lives possible. The answer? Quality intimate relationships. I see this strategy tipping folks (and myself) in the right direction!

Brooke

Beaver Co.

Hello, my name is Danae!  I grew up in Upstate NY and came to Pittsburgh to attend the University of Pittsburgh where I have a degree in Psychology and Sociology. I have an amazing 13 year old son, who makes me laugh everyday! I love reading, hiking, and traveling! I taught ESL in Japan for a year, and I love learning about cultures that are different from my own.  I have worked with a variety of families with various backgrounds, and love helping these families achieve their goals. 
 

I work in Allegheny County and am accredited in Standard Triple P, Teen Triple P, and Standard Group Triple P. I love all the strategies Triple P has to offer, but my favorite Triple P strategies are incidental teaching and family meetings. I love to Triple P my own son; it has been such a benefit for me as a parent and my relationship with him. 

Danae

Allegheny Co.

Dr. Deonna D. received a Bachelor of Arts from The Pennsylvania State University. Shortly after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University, she  attended Point Park University where she would obtain a Masters of Fine Arts. Later, she returned to Point Park University where she would receive her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Administration. Her dissertation title was "The Effects Theater Arts has on African American Youth in an Academic Setting: A Qualitative Ethnographic Research Study." In January of 2021 she became a Parent Educator for A Child’s Place, PA. 

Dr. Dee

Allegheny Co.

Felice

Allegheny Co. 

My name is Felice and I am a Parent Educator in Allegheny County. I have been here since we began The Healthy Parenting almost 6 years ago. have been certified in Level 4 for Standard (individual), Group, and Level 4 Teens. I have been working with families in literacy, child development, and strengthening the parent-child bond for 25 years. I am passionate about empowering other parents and care-givers with the practical parenting tools of The Healthy Parenting Program. I am so happy to support you and cheer you on your journey.

 

My greatest knowledge in regards to parenting, has been learned the old fashioned way: by raising my own children into adulthood. My favorite Triple P Strategy is, “logical consequences.” When rules are broken, there is a consequence, and the parent does not need to get angry and yell. 

My name is Jenyne and I’m a certified Professional School Counselor and have worked for years in schools across the globe helping develop healthy, happy citizens of tomorrow! I now have the privilege of working with A Child’s Place, helping families build a strong foundation of love and safety for their children.

 

I have two children who have taught me the joys and hardships of being a parent. Parenting is the hardest job and there is no manual or training. We learn through our experiences and many times those experiences stretch us beyond what we thought was possible. My favorite parenting technique that I use daily with my own children (and my partner 😃 ) is using Clear, Calm Directions. When I list a hundred expectations, it’s easy for my kids to miss or ignore the one they dread the most.  Being calm, getting eye contact, then giving them a single instruction limits the chances they will ignore my request… most days!

Jenyne

Program Coordinator

Lee Ann is an education professional who has been working with children for the past 17 years.  She has lived in the Pittsburgh area for most of her life and attended Bethany College and California University of PA.  Lee Ann is a former special education teacher, and early childcare provider.

 

This is Lee Ann’s first year working as a parent educator and she is excited to get to know the families she will be serving.

LeeAnn

Fayette Co.

Hi!  I’m Lory, one off the Parent Educators in Fayette County. Prior to joining the team, I had the privilege of working with families in various settings over the last 20 years: Pre-K Counts, Early Head Start, and The Parent Child Home Program. I also worked as an ESL Tutor as well.

 

My passion since high school has always been to help people. I am married with 4 children that I am still learning new parenting techniques with every day, so I know firsthand how challenging that can be. I also have 4 dogs that I consider my bonus children as well!  I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with a fantastic agency, and to continue working with families throughout Fayette County.

Lory

Fayette Co.

Hello, I am Marlena.  I have a bachelor degree from Penn State in Health Education.  I worked in the school system for 20 years and was looking for a different direction during COVID and when the opportunity came to be a parent educator I took the leap and haven’t looked back since May 2020.  I am accredited in Triple P level 4 Standard, Group, Teen, and Group Teen.  I am currently Team Lead for Parent As Teachers in Fayette County. 
 

Working with parents and helping them navigator the stressors of being a parent during the past few years has been very rewarding.  The strategy I have come to appreciate is reflection and thinking of the positive first rather than the negative.

Marlena

Fayette Co.

Hi my name is Maura! I serve Fayette County and am accredited in the Standard and Teen programs. I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and worked for several years in the child welfare field as a protective and family services caseworker.  

 

I believe it’s true when they say parenting doesn’t come with a manual.  Most of us are just doing the best we can and using the same techniques that were modeled to us as a child. The thing I like most about the Triple P curriculum is it gives you simple strategies to try that have a great impact. My favorite strategy from the curriculum is quiet time. This strategy has reframed my perspective on discipline and taught me how I can use it to teach instead of punish.  I look forward to helping your family do the same! 

Maura

Fayette Co.

Hi. My name is Megan, and I am very happy to be working as part of The Healthy Parenting Program doing outreach. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, I have a deep affection for the Pittsburgh area and all the amazing things it has to offer. I am a huge advocate for the power of community, and I believe that all individuals and families benefit from being an active part of a community – one that they just happen to live in or one that they build through shared interests and connections.l

After earning a bachelor’s degree at Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies, I returned to Pittsburgh to work, ultimately going to Pitt to earn a Master of Public Health degree. I have worked and volunteered at numerous local social service agencies with a focus on helping children, families, and individuals build healthy habits, surround themselves with a positive community, and thrive.

As the mother of 5 children who are now mostly young adults, I know the joy, worry, happiness, and struggles of parenting. Each parent and each family’s parenting journey is unique, but one thing that I know for sure is that none of us should do it alone. One of my favorite Triple P parenting strategies is to speak nicely. I find that when I speak nicely to my children, not only do they speak nicely back, it also calms things down and creates a more peaceful family life.

Megan

Program Specialist

Hi! My name is Melissa. I am the Intake Coordinator for the Healthy Parenting Program! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and over 15 years of experience working with children, families, and people in general! I spent many years teaching and providing educational programs throughout the community and in local schools. My love for working with people and helping others has lead me to Intake work where I get the opportunity to connect with many individuals throughout the counties!

 

I have two pet hamsters, enjoy listening to records on my record player and love decorating for holiday’s! I really enjoy my work as an Intake Coordinator. My position allows me the opportunity to connect with and get to know many different people and help connect them with a great support program and resource! 

Melissa

Intake Coordinator

Hi!  I’m Tristan, one of the Parent Educators in Fayette County.  I am certified in Level 4 Standard Individual and Group and Level 4 Standard Teen. Prior to joining the Healthy Parenting team, I had the privilege of working with families in various settings: BHT, Daycares, After School Programs, and Early Head Start. 


I am blessed with two wonderful sons and an amazing, supportive wife.  Together, we are an amazing team!  I am one of few people who don’t mind bringing their work home because Triple P has been an asset to me as a father.   One of my favorite techniques is the Routine for Dealing with Emotional Behavior.  This technique can help the parent and child go from being in an emotional charged place into the right space to communicate.  


I enjoy my work with the Healthy Parenting Program because it’s a collaborative process and I learn along with the families.  I am excited to continue working with families throughout Fayette County! 

Tristan

Fayette Co.

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