Mothers are the bedrock of families and society. They play a vital role in nurturing, providing, and supporting their children, partners, and communities. Every year, on the second Sunday of May, we celebrate Mother's Day to express gratitude and honor mothers everywhere. While we celebrate Mother's Day once a year, it's essential to recognize the impact mothers have on our lives every day.

We would like to take a moment to thank our mothers and the mother figures in our lives for their unwavering love and support.

Meet the moms from Parent Support & hear their favorite parenting advice:

Maggie VanDyne, Parent Support Supervisor, Parents as Teachers, and Mom of 2: "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." - Ann Lamont

Amber Gooden, Positive Parenting Program Coordinator, Triple P, and Mom of 2: Praise, support, and love on your children. Life is tough and we all need to know we can confide and trust in someone. Be who you needed when you were a child.

Marketa Crawford-Caswell, Parent Support Case Manager, Parent Support Lead Program, and Mom of 1: Treat your child as an individual, do not compare them to another child. Celebrate your child for their strengths and make it a habit to always encourage them. 

Angela Reed, Parent Educator, Parents as Teachers, and Mom of 3: Enjoy your children and make memories while they are young. They grow up too fast! Your house doesn’t have to be perfect, and it’s ok to have toys on the floor. Your child will remember playing and having fun with you!

Kristin Rubin, Parent Educator, Parents as Teachers, and Mom of 2: Believe in yourself as a parent. No one knows your child better than you. You have been there since their first breath. There is no better advocate for their needs.

Heather Sakai, Social Media Engagement Coordinator, Admin of Cuyahoga Parents Connect, and Stepmom of 1: On step-parenting: "The reality is, no matter how prepared you are, no matter how many books you read or how many experts you consult, there is no magic to this. It's hard work. It's dedication." - Jesika Davis

Sara Jovanovic, Parent Ambassador, Cuyahoga Parents Connect, and Mom of 2: Don't downplay important issues. Your kids are smarter than you think, and they'll get their information from elsewhere if you don't give it to them straight.

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Meet Rachel

Meet our Community Liaison, Rachel Napolitano

In late 2022, Rachel Napolitano joined Bright Beginnings as a community liaison to connect community organizations and families in Cuyahoga County to direct services for the parenting journey and their child's development. Rachel has over 20 years of non-profit experience: in community organizing, civic marketing, youth development, fundraising, workforce development, training facilitation, community mediation, special events, service coordination, and non-profit administration. Most recently, she relished the chance to plan special events around racial equity working at YWCA Greater Cleveland and coordinate services at the county's emergency shelter for adults, YWCA's Norma Herr Women's Center. Rachel served seven years on the board of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia and continues to throw Latin dance parties for them. She just graduated in aunthood to the status of Great.

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Event Reminder

We are so excited about our Parent Support Department Mother's Day Open House! We are at maximum capacity at the present time. If you are interested in attending, please add your name to our waiting list and we will contact you should any additional spaces open up.

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