About

W.I.T. provides a multi-faceted approach to supporting young children to grow and develop to their maximum by partnering with churches throughout the community. The program is provided either with our Mobile Learning Lab or The Book Bus. Parents receive the Effective Black Parent curriculum with a trained professional while an early learning educator offers children the Connect for Learning curriculum. Parents and children regroup then participate in an early childhood activity. Parents practice skills with the support of the parent educator. Parents and children will be invited to participate in a family field trip!

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CICC’S EFFECTIVE BLACK PARENTING PROGRAM

An award-winning program brought to you through a partnership with The From Cradle to College™ Foundation and The Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. The program highlights a series of highly innovative and easy-to-use parenting strategies and skills. Overall, Operation W.I.T. teaches parents and others how to connect with African American children.

We bring the learning to you with our mobile fleet of educational vehicles. Parents and family members will learn from the Effective Black Parenting Program, while children receive instruction to help them be better prepared for school.

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Community Impact

“One of the things that have impressed me about the W.I.T. program is they are trying to get through to parents on why and how they parent is so important. We can teach the kids to read at school, an after-school program, or preschool, but if they don’t read at home, we have done nothing. If they do read at home, we can send them all the way through to college and get to the top of their class, but they need to be reading at home, which means we need to get the parents involved. Operation W.I.T. is a step. We will find things that work, don’t work, but as long as we keep trying, this is a goal worthy of resolving.”

Dr. Guffanti

“I wish this class was around when my children were growing up. I have learned new ways of parenting, such as discipline and praise. It was fun and informative, and we all loved coming to class each week. My grandchildren use to be on YouTube all the time and now are wanting to read the books sent home every week. Because of this class, they are excited about learning and reading. We now have a star of their own library and have library cards. Mine and my grandkids’ lives have been changed forever because of this program and the people who helped.”

Melissa Kennedy

Information

Questions about Operation W.I.T.?

If you are interested in enrolling or supporting Operation W.I.T. contact us today!

operationwit@elc-manatee.org

Astride Kovacik
(941) 301-1326

Kesha McMillian
(941) 304-1327