Parent Services Center, Inc. provides parent education, support and resources to prevent family breakdown and promote family resilience.
While encouraging, educating, and supporting families, we also strive to reinforce parents' commitment to their children and families by instilling pro-social values such as integrity, honesty, diversity, kindness, respect for others, personal responsibility, and helpfulness. These are qualities we believe to be essential to leading compassionate and productive lives in our community and society.
Parent Services Center was founded in 1989 and is a private non-profit United Way agency. Funding is provided through individual donations, grants, foundations and fundraising events. We believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
All programs are conducted by dedicated staff and professional volunteers who have the skills, education and professional qualifications and experience to make a difference in the life of a family.
Shelley Judd, B.A., M.S.
Shirley McLeod, B.S. Ed.
Parent Services Center was founded in 1989 by Judy Grindstaff and Susan Donaldson after receiving a startup grant from Children's Trust of Texas.
The agency has received a number of special honors including recognition as an exemplary program, 2005 "Educator of the Year", and a "Best of Texas" Award.
The first year over 1000 people attended parenting classes. In 2010 attendance was 2,246 parents.
Also provided are support groups, information and referral services, a family resource library, and Parenting Puzzle articles in the newspaper. An annual conference brings in nationally known speakers on a variety of patenting topics.
The addition of Jana M. Sisk, LCSW, as the new Executive Director in the summer of 2003 brought about the opportunity for continued leadership, growth and opportunities to creatively meet the needs of the community in a fresh, new way.
In 2010, Shelley Judd, B.A., M.S. became Executive Director. She has focused on providing parenting classes in Spanish; establishing a signature fundraiser; offering training at Salvation Army, the Tyler Public Library, First Christian Church, the YMCA and other off-site locations.
In 2011 we expanded our Autism Network with the addition of Julee Renfroe, R.N., Autism Parent Educator.
Parent Services Center seeks to improve the quality of life for families through programs designed to develop or improve parenting skills, interpersonal relationships, and family life.
While encouraging, educating, and supporting families, we also strive to reinforce parents commitment to their children and families by instilling pro-social values such as integrity, honesty, diversity, kindness, respect for others, personal responsibility, and helpfulness. These are qualities we believe to be essential to leading compassionate and productive lives in our community and society.
We believe the family was the first institution created by God. We believe in the integrity of the family and that families form the foundation of our community, nation, and society. We believe that the parent is the child's first and most influential teacher. We believe when families are happy, healthy, and functioning, so are our communities, nation, and society.
We further adhere to saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"...that when families are supported and helped early, many tragedies can be prevented and costs to the individuals, family, and society can be greatly reduced. Therefore, the Center's programs are proactive and compassionate in nature as well as cost-effective.
We know that the family will instill values and behaviors in their children which will influence future generations. Our goal in strengthening families enables us to touch the lives of all our community and society.