The IPFW New Parents Program was developed as a method for welcoming new babies as members of the IPFW family and to provide on-going support and education to parents as IPFW employees assume their most important role: their child’s first teacher. Research provides clear evidence on the impact of high-quality care and education during infancy, toddler hood, and the preschool years on later educational attainment. Thus, the education of a child begins well before formal schooling is entered.
The New Parents Program was initiated by former IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell in 2008. After speaking with members of the community, Dr. Wartell saw a need to promote school readiness in our community. The ongoing support and education provided through the program is aimed to assist parents in guiding the development of their children and preparing successful students. The program supports children from birth to age five since this is typically the time children enter school.
The program includes benefited faculty and staff who have welcomed babies on or after January 1st, 2008. There are several events each year for program participants. These programs provide educational resources, as well as networking experiences with the opportunity to spend more time with family and help promote a positive work/life balance.
If you have questions or suggestions for the program, feel free to contact Melissa Helmsing, program administrator, in Human Resources at 260-481-5720.