Precious Minds, New Connections


Sunset of the

Precious Minds, New Connections (PMNC) Initiative

Precious Minds, New Connections (PMNC) was the first strategic initiative of the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation launched in late 1999. The goal of PMNC was to affect the life of every child born in our funding area in a positive manner. Through research expert analysis and community input, we concluded that parenting education was the most effective and efficient approach to achieve this goal. Parenting education enables parents to understand early childhood development and realistic expectations for child behavior. The Initiative was carried out through annual grants to a variety of agencies and collaboratives in the Foundation’s service covering Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall counties. Total Kronkosky Charitable Foundation funding for this initiative was $48,162,310.

The Foundation Distribution Committee and staff express our sincerest gratitude to all the agencies and educators for their dedication to the Precious Minds, New Connections Parenting Education Program. They have left a lasting legacy of devotion to early intervention efforts in our communities to prevent child abuse.

A full report of the program is available in the Grant Evaluations Section of this website (Search Evaluation Summaries: Search by Organization, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.)

 

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Over the course of the Initiative,

  • 36 separate community organizations served as lead agencies in conducting the parenting classes
  • 521 PMNC Educators were trained in at least one of the approved curricula
  • PMNC classes were conducted at a total of 1,466 separate locations
  • There were a total of 83,337 participants registered
  • 6,416 enrolled in home-based programs
  • 76,921 enrolled in site-based programs
  • 60,923 individuals who enrolled in PMNC Parenting Education graduated from the program
  • The cumulative graduation rate for the Initiative was 73%

The Initiative

Precious Minds, New Connections is a major initiative of the Foundation founded in our mission to produce “Profound Good” and focused on a root cause issue in our society. It falls within the Foundation’s program goal to free children from abuse and neglect. We believe the work of the Initiative will positively impact the lives of persons who are normally served within many of the program areas of the Foundation. Annual funding by the Foundation is approximately $3 million.

Parenting education is the principal thrust of the Initiative and is carried out through annual grants to 21 agencies and collaboratives in the Foundation’s four-county service area which includes Bandera, Bexar, Comal and Kendall counties. Dr. Megan Kromer, Ph.D., a consultant to the Foundation, directs the Initiative.

Precious Minds, New Connections is based on extensive research into early childhood development. The research shows that 80-90% of a person's brain develops by the age of three. The first three years of a person's life are truly the most formative years and affect the future potential of every person. It is critical that every parent and caregiver of infants and toddlers have access to the information and tools needed to make their child's first three years as productive and positive as possible. As parents, most of us take on the job without training, we usually spend more time preparing for a drivers license test.

The understanding of the critical early years of a person’s life is also important to every child. During this time, a child’s experiences will impact the ability to have healthy relationships with others during his or her lifetime. The foundation for having self-esteem is developed or possibly lost. The potential for educational success is maximized or impaired. Parenting education enables parents to understand early childhood development and realistic expectations for child behavior. All of this knowledge is known to lead to less likelihood that a child will be abused and his or her development neglected.