Originally Published: August 25, 2015 6 a.m.
The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) unveiled a new project to help break the cycle of poverty facing families in western Yavapai County.
Books Before Bed/Circles of Support for Families is a parenting education and support program that opens this September at five sites located in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley and Prescott.
CCJ staff is working with community volunteers to lead the Circles of Support. The Circles will provide two hours each month where parents can learn critical early learning techniques to help their children with reading. The Circle time will also enable parents to talk with other parents about the challenges they face with parenting, employment, transportation, housing and all other topics they find important.
The Books Before Bed/Circles of Support program will first invite families who are already receiving bags of food from CCJ's Weekend Family Food program for preschool families. More than 320 preschool families currently receive the food support each weekend during the school year. Additional families will become eligible as space permits.
For more information, call Diane Iverson at 928-445-8382.