Life-skills, Empowerment, And Development Services (LEADS) Inc. seeks to strengthen families and individuals.
Our FREE core programs are as follows:

 

Fabulous Relationships and Intimacy Education that Nurtures Development – FRIEND CAMP for Middle School Students

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The FRIEND Camps offer the same, evidence-based healthy relationship training program as HEARTS, but the curriculum has been adapted to be age appropriate for middle school youth (ages 11-14).

This project was made possible by Grant Number SR20000837 of the HHS Youth and Family Services Bureau


HEALTH EDUCATION and RELATIONSHIP TRAINING that NURTURES DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (HEARTS) CAMPS for High School Students

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This project was made possible by Grant Number TP1AH000197 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs.

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The Incredible Years ®

Two significant Key Findings of the National Prekindergarten Study (NPS), conducted at the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University are:

  1. Prekindergarten students are expelled at a rate more than three times that of their older peers in the K-12 grades.
  2. The likelihood of expulsion decreases significantly with access to classroom-based behavioral consultation.

The prevalence of the expulsion of preschool children has not changed since 2005 when Yale professor Walter Gilliam shocked the nation with the first research showing that preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of children in kindergarten through 12th grade. He showed that young African-American boys are most vulnerable to what he calls “the capital punishment of schools.”

The Incredible Years is a series of three separate, evidence-based, multifaceted, and developmentally focused curricula for parents, teachers, and children. This series is designed to promote emotional and social competence; and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotional problems in young children. 

  • Short-Term Goals:
    • Improved parent-child interactions, building positive relationships and attachment, improved parental functioning, less harsh and more nurturing parenting, and increased parental social support and problem solving
    • Improved teacher-student relationships, proactive classroom management skills, and strengthened teacher-parent partnerships
    • Prevention, reduction, and treatment of early onset conduct behaviors and emotional problems
    • Promotion of child social competence, emotional regulation, positive attributions, academic readiness, and problem solving
  • Long-Term Goals:
    • Prevention of conduct disorders, academic underachievement, delinquency, violence, and drug abuse

LEADS provides services to families by offering free parenting classes at schools, in churches, and pediatric clinics.  Classes implement The Incredible Years and are offered on weekends and weekday evenings.  The programs strengthen parent-child interactions and attachment, reduce harsh discipline and foster parents’ ability to promote children’s social, emotional, and language development.


THE NEED FOR PROGRAMS LIKE The Incredible Years AND Child/Adult Montessori Program Services (CHAMPS) IS GREAT

Among those children most in need of a school readiness experience are those with behavior problems. They are most likely to exhibit continued learning and behavioral difficulties and to drop out of school.

Two Key Findings of the National Prekindergarten Study (NPS), conducted at the Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy at Yale University are:

  • Prekindergarten students are expelled at a rate more than three times that of their older peers in the K-12 grades.
  • The likelihood of expulsion decreases significantly with access to classroom-based behavioral consultation.

Children expelled from prekindergarten are much more likely to be ill-prepared for school, and are likely to be among those most at risk for school failure. The LEADS programs address this need by providing teachers and parents with the skills to support positive child behavior. Our programs are offered in African-American and Hispanic communities, but LEADS serves families of all ethnicities.

 

 

24/7 Dad ®

Research into the family continues to confirm the importance of two parents as the best basis for bringing up children. One common problem in the last few decades is the absence of fathers, and the corresponding rise of families headed by single mothers.

Developed by parenting and fatherhood experts, 24/7 Dad® A.M. and P.M. teaches men the characteristics they need to be good fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Used by a wide variety of fatherhood leaders and fatherhood organizations across the country, research shows 24/7 Dad® successfully changes fathers’ attitudes, knowledge, and skills.


Loving Couples Loving Children and Bringing Baby Home (companion curricula)

  

Bringing Baby Home is a newly redesigned, research-based two-day course designed to equip participants to help couples successfully prepare for the transition to parenthood. Even the best relationships are strained during the transition from duo to trio. This research-based workshop, developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and presented by Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educators, helps to prepare parents for the most important and rewarding job they will ever have: raising a child.

The Art and Science of Love: Thousands of couples have benefited from this world-renowned weekend workshop. They will learn research-based skills that will dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in their relationship and help them manage conflict in a healthy, positive way. The workshop is designed for all couples in a committed relationship. If a couple has a strong relationship, this workshop will provide insights and tools to foster further closeness, friendship, and trust. If the relationship is distressed, this two-day workshop will provide you a greater understanding of the relationship and a road map for repair.

“Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of a mine, and that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation.” -Nelson Mandela

Research demonstrates that a baby’s ability to learn begins on day one. Infants are taking in everything in their vast new world. They will learn in their own unique way from everything the parents introduce to them. Mama and Me assists parents in their important work of helping to educate their young children from six months to age five.

This parent participation preschool invites mothers, fathers, grandparents and other childcare providers of children ages 6 months-5 years to join with trained childcare professionals in a nurturing, educational setting.