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Hugs and Thanks for 2018

What a year it’s been!

In 2018, Hand in Hand reached more parents than ever. Over 17,000 parents took part in our parent support groups. We now have over 10,000 parents in our Parent Support Group on Facebook.

In June, we re-launched our paid membership, the Hand in Hand Parent Club, with a dedicated website, daily moderated Facebook Group, and weekly call-in Q&A’s.

New Hellos and Fundraising Highs

Through your support Hand in Hand Parenting raised almost $500,000. With those funds, we were able to welcome our new Interim CEO, Noelani Pearl Hunt. She helped mastermind our wonderful summer fundraiser, the 29 Reasons campaign, and we shared stories of Hand in Hand’s 29 remarkable years bringing change to families. In November, we celebrated #GivingTuesday with a silent auction, and again, you rallied, helping us raise another $11,500. Your support helps families in dozens of ways. Funds are used to certify new instructors, launch new classes, maintain our website, social media, and podcast helping us reach new parents, publish and print our book Listen, and keep our San Francisco HQ open and ready for your call.

Instructors Doing Great Things

Hand in Hand is growing, spreading #changeparenting across the globe. In 2018, we certified more than 20 instructors who work directly with parents in their communities. You can meet three of them here or access the complete list of certified instructors.

We heard stories from instructors who are bringing amazing change to families through their work, worldwide. In the US, instructor Zelon Harrison is working in tough areas of Oakland, and Ceci Hyoun works with young parents in South Central LA. Martin Lamarque took the Hand in Hand Parenting Starter class to a shelter in San Francisco, and Karen Murphy ran the Starter Class for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In the UK, Tracy Laverick is working in a school that has switched it’s discipline plans for connection plans, Roma Norriss appeared on popular show Nurture to talk about the Hand in Hand Parenting tools. And in India, Dipali Ved and Megha Mawandia are bringing Hand in Hand Parenting to parents on the front lines of poverty.

If you are sharing Hand in Hand Parenting with parents and want us to know, do leave a note in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

We Won a 2018 Great Non-Profit Award

Yay! We won this award thanks to your generous recommendations. You can read all 103 ratings here

Our Outreach Goes Further

A little over a year after launching our podcast we hit 270,000 downloads, while you watched 25,000 hours of video classes and parent education on our Youtube channel. Keep watching as we expand there in 2019! Thanks to translators who generously donated their time and skills, more of our resources were translated into French, Spanish, German, Romanian, and Hungarian. Stay tuned for our book Listen‘s release in Chinese.

Hand in Hand Goes to Harvard

A team including Founder Patty Wipfler was accepted into a 3-day training at Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, to begin developing programs for preschool staff, directors, and parents in Hand in Hand Parenting’s approach.

The feedback received on approach and its application in preschool was deeply encouraging. We look forward to bringing the programs to education centers in 2019.

Hugs and Warms Thanks…

As you can see, it’s been an exciting year of movement and growth. We could not have done it without you.

From all of us at Hand in Hand Parenting, thank you for all you give. You have helped us to have an amazing 2018. Here’s to an even greater 2019, with more warmth, more play, and more connection in our families.

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