Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides practical support to help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and more competent leaders within their families.
Meld Parent Support Groups
Using evidence-informed curriculum and led by a parenting coordinator, Meld brings together parents who have similar parenting needs to educate parents on health and safety, child guidance and development, family management, personal development and other topics related to successful parenting. Meld stems from the belief that parents can, and do: learn from each other; give one another support; need to be free to make informed decisions about their families and can cooperate in groups while maintaining their individuality.
Meld groups meet once a week for two hours at various locations around San Antonio. Group participants are eligible to attend a free annual field trip.
There are three Meld programs, each geared toward the needs of the parents within the group.
- Meld Young Families for parents ages 13 to 25
- Meld Growing Families for parents ages 26 and older, grandparents raising grandchildren, or other family members who take an active role in the parenting of children
- Meld Special Needs group, designed specifically for parents or caregivers raising children living with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities
Enrollment is free. A complimentary meal and child care are provided during group sessions. Transportation assistance is available. English, Spanish and bilingual groups are available.
Parents as Teachers® home visitation program
As a Parents as Teachers® affiliate, Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides bimonthly personal home visits to families and monthly group connection events focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, and family well-being. The program supports parents throughout pregnancy until their children enter school full-time providing health, hearing, vision and developmental screenings for eligible children using approved screening tools and methods. The program also connects families to resources and help them overcome any barriers to accessing those resources.
Enrollment is free. A complimentary meal is provided during monthly group connection events. Transportation assistance is available. English and Spanish visitations are available. The program is available in Bexar and Guadalupe counties.
Parents Helping Parents Support Groups
Parents Helping Parents is an early education program based on the belief that parents are the first teachers and best advocates for their children. Parents are taught a fact-based curriculum on health safety, child development, child guidance, family management and personal growth.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Parents raising teens;
- Parents with children 3 to 12; and
- Teen parents
The Parents Helping Parents model can be implemented by church communities or community partners interested in developing parenting resources in their area. Each site identifies two volunteers to facilitate the Parents Helping Parents model for a 12-week span (group meeting times vary by location; Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides training and technical support to the volunteer group facilitators).
To attend a support group, you must be a parent or child caregiver who has the desire to learn and share experiences, a positive attitude and respect for others' opinions and beliefs. English and Spanish groups are available. To learn more, call 1-800-959-6673 and ask for the Parenting Program Manager.