Linking Parents To Community Resources

The Parent Engagement Program was established in July of 2005, as a result of an effort to reach out to at-risk families and the need to join a collaborative effort to mobilize people and communities to support children and families.

The purpose of the Parent Engagement Program is to coordinate effort, educate and empower parents, enabling them to: access resources needed by their family; advocate for themselves and their children; understand their rights and responsibilities as parents. What makes our program unique is our ability to collaborate with other agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services to provide resources to children and their families in Child Protective Services/Foster Care.

The Parent Engagement Program serves families in Fresno County. Fresno is one of the 10 most populated counties in California and one of the 10 with the largest number of children ages birth to 13. Fresno County has the 6th lowest median income for a family with children under the age of 18. Thirty-four percent of children live in poverty, making Fresno 5th highest in California. We believe that partnerships involving entire communities help ensure the well-being of children and families in need.  We truly believe, “it takes a village to raise a child”.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR? CALL (559) 256-0963 (LARGE/RED )

*A very special thanks to our supporters for caring enough about families in the Central Valley to help meet their needs. Parent Engagement relies highly on sponsors to provide children and their families with donations of backpacks, school supplies, books, food and other basic needs.  

Parent Voices

Join the Fresno Chapter of PARENT VOICES today! Children’s Services Network sponsors the local Parent Voices group, which is parent-led and focuses on the immediate needs of parents and families. These parents collaboratively may address child care, housing, transportation, health insurance, adult literacy, parenting skills, and other selected topics. Within the group is the opportunity to develop leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills.

Parents working together to solve the challenges of raising children discover new tools that expand the parental leadership abilities. The Parent Voices group supports the parents’ needs and works to provide greater resources for parents. Parents are also given the knowledge to work for social change through existing institutions – such as school boards, civic organizations, and legislatures.

Every year in May, the Fresno Chapter of Parent Voices loads buses of parents and heads to Sacramento for the annual Stand for Children Day. Along with hundreds of families from across the state, a presence is made to support the pressing needs of children and their families.

Are involved in voter education and registration

  • Are more involved in their schools
  • Learn how the California Budget process works through our annual Knowledge is Power Day
  • Visit with legislators at the State Capitol to voice their concerns at our annual Stand for Children Day”

Get involved with Parent Voices and help make a difference. Attend parent meetings to plan local actions by working with other parents to build strong families and healthy communities.

Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret MeadAmerican anthropologist

Who Will Speak for the Children?

In the United States there are millions of children who go to bed hungry every night. There is inadequate child care, one in six children has no health insurance, one in four preschool children live in poverty. Children cannot stand up for themselves. Give children a voice! Yours!

You Can Make a Difference

Join the Fresno Chapter of PARENT VOICES today!

Parent Voices is a parent-led group who combine leadership development, advocacy, and community organizing to increase funding, improve quality and provide better access to child care.
Click here for more information about parent voices and how you can get involved.

To find out about Key Issues Click here
Please visit the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network website to find out about key issues. CSN will also add information on current issues on our newsroom page or on the CSN news page.

For more information, please call (559) 256-0963 or fill out our contact form

Advocate for your child today! Learn more by joining the Fresno Chapter of Parent Voices.

Lou Hernandez

Parent Engagement Coordinator

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