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Partners Advancing Childhood Education (PACE)

Partners Advancing Childhood Education (PACE)

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Partners Advancing Childhood Education (PACE) serves as the major source for the family engagement initiatives within the Education division of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and serves as the unbrella for both the PACE i3: Investing in Innovation and the Leading Innovations in Family Engagement (LIFE) Path projects. 

This traditional PACE model focuses on the three strategies of home visitation, parent leadership and school transition.  Currently, there is one hub who is implementing the full PACE model - the Butts County Family Enrichment Center.  This program is housed within the parent resource center of their corresponding elementary schools - Jackson Elementary, Stark Elementary and Daughtry Elementary.    

Over the years, the PACE initiative was implemented in various organizations & agencies throughout the metro Atlanta area. These former PACE hub sites included: Scottdale Child Development & Family Resouce Center, Coweta County School System, Refugee Family Services (now New American Pathways), Families First, Franklin Road Weed & Seed, Communities In Schools of Marietta/Cobb County, Annie E. Casey/Atlanta Civic Site (now Educare Atlanta) and Rockdale County Public Schools. To actively support current and former sites, the "PACE Network" was developed as an avenue for the United Way of Greater Atlanta to connect all network partners to community resources and networking opportunities.  

In 2016, PACE developed and piloted their very own parent leadership training- Fostering Family Leaders (FFL) - within various agencies in the metro region.   Staff from five partner agencies were trained in the curriculum and facilitated the FFL program with emergent parent leaders within their centers and schools.  The five agencies selected were Easter Seals North Georgia, Clayton County Board of Health, REACH Services Inc., Butts County School System and Families First.  In 2017, PACE expanded the program to reach an additional three agencies - Los Ninos Primero, DeKalb County Board of Health and Emmaus House.