Better Together!

Better Together!" is a community-based, parent-run effort to create meaningful connections and conversations about what works and what parents can do together to build an even stronger neighborhood. Most importantly, it provides a network of support for young children and their families. While the children participate in a kid's cafe' program, parents utilize this time to develop social networks, promote healthy parent-child relationships and connect with community networks. These conversations are instrumental in providing a safe and respectful environment to communicate on topics important to them; learn from each others collective knowledge on topics such as parenting, gardening, family activities and work together to develop ways to make their neighborhoods more "family friendly".

BROOKTONDALE:

Brooktondale's parent conversations in 2014 were led by parent leaders Janelle and Elissa in conjunction with Brooktondale Community Center, Brooktondale Food Pantry, Caroline Youth Commission and CCE-Tompkins as community partners.

A twice weekly playgroup meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am-noon at the Brooktondale Community Center. Children up to age five are welcome! Please contact Kate VanZile-Hunt at (607) 227-8951 or kmvanzile@aol.com for more information.

Brooktondale's parent conversations were led by parent leaders Janelle and Elissa in conjunction with Brooktondale Community Center, Brooktondale Food Pantry, Caroline Youth Commission and CCE-Tompkins as community partners.

There has been a toddler and preschool age playgroup meeting at the Brooktondale Community Center. It is currently not active, but if you would like to run host such a group, please contact Pat Bhrel at lsparrow@hotmail.com.

To join the Brooktondale area listserv, send an email to: brooktondale-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

GROTON:

Groton's parent conversations in 2014 were facilitated by parent leaders Dawn and Lila in cooperation with community partners from CCE-Tompkins, Groton's Families! and Tompkins Community Action's Head Start and Early Head Start.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

To find out how to implement this project in your community, please contact Elizabeth Wolff at (607) 272-2292 ext. 265 or ebw52@cornell.edu.

Contact

Elizabeth Wolff
Family & Community Educator, 'Tompkins Families'
ebw52@cornell.edu
(607) 272-2292 (Voicemail #265)

Last updated November 23, 2015