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U of M Launches Intervention Program for Parents of Young Children
For release: March 20, 2007
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The University of Memphis is launching a new program to teach behavior management and discipline techniques to parents of young children. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Regional Intervention Program of Memphis (RIP) will be held March 26 at 11 a.m. in Building 48 on the Park Avenue Campus (formerly South Campus).

RIP is a parenting program that aids preschoolers and their families by teaching behavior management and discipline skills. The program serves families with children under the age of six who have mild to severe behavior problems, including aggression, tantrums, separation anxiety, and bedtime issues.

Families attend two-hour sessions twice a week. Participants typically stay in the program for six to eight months. There is no charge for families to be enrolled in the program. Adults repay RIP by volunteering to train and support new families who join the program.

In the future, daycare workers and other caregivers may attend RIP to learn how to handle behavior problems of children in their care.

The need for an early intervention program in Memphis is great, said Dr. Kathy Cooter, associate professor of instruction and curriculum leadership at the U of M. “Tennessee ranks seventh in the nation in preschool expulsions,” she says. “There are parenting lacks in every demographic. This is not an issue of class.”

Cooter characterizes RIP as a “group Nanny 911,” referring to the television show about a caregiver who shows parents how to bring their unruly children under control.  There are RIP sites throughout Tennessee and in three other states. The U of M site is the first in a University setting. RIP was established in 1969.

The RIP coordinator for the University program is Robin Stevens. For more information on the inaugural event or RIP, call 901/678-5258.

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