Creating Community

Growing Home envisions communities where children have equitable opportunities to learn and grow. Growing Home is working to elevate the voices of community members and to offer families a rich pipeline of programs focused on school readiness, parent involvement, student achievement, attendance, and family stability.

What does Growing Home offer to create community?

  • Early Learning Opportunities through Growing Home’s award-winning Parents as Teachers Home Visitation program
  • Parenting Support
    • Incredible Years parenting classes
    • Seedlings classes for new and expectant parents
  • School Supplies for Student Success
    • provided in partnership with A Precious Child and Tennyson Knolls Elementary School
  • Family Support
    • Crisis prevention and assistance
    • Case management
    • Resources and referrals
    • Healthcare
    • Referrals for Clothing and Household Items
    • Nutritious food
  • Community Organizing

Understanding the Needs of the Community

In 2014 Growing Home conducted a survey of the Blocks of Hope neighborhood, the feeder area for Tennyson Knolls Elementary School, to learn about community members’ concerns and needs.  Below are some of the characteristics of the neighborhood:

  • Family Focused: 9 out of 10 families eat meals together as a family every day
  • Involved: 80% of parents read to their children 3 times per week or more
  • Insured: 90% of children have health insurance coverage
  • Engaged: 4 out of 5 parents would like to be more involved at their child’s school
  • 2 in 5 children in the neighborhood are living in poverty, more than twice the child poverty rate for Colorado
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 Tennyson Knolls students are eligible for the federal free and reduced lunch program
  • More than 87% of Tennyson Knolls third graders did not meet statewide English/language arts expectations on the 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment
  • 85% did not meet math expectations on the PARCC
  • 56% of Tennyson Knolls students are English language learners, meaning that they must simultaneously learn academic content and a new language