Meet Jenny Mendoza! Jenny is a Parenting Educator in the First Three Years (F3Y) Program.
Q: How long have you worked for Parenting Now!?
A: I’ve been in my current role for about 6 months, but my story with PN! started about 6 years ago.
Q: What positions have you held at Parenting Now!?
A: I started with Parenting Now! as a volunteer. I was a graduate student at the University of Oregon in developmental psychology and part of Team Duckling, a group of UO faculty and students studying how young children learn and grow. I volunteered for Squishtivities, and I helped arrange some faculty guest presentations for PN! parenting groups. Three years ago, I was a F3Y intern, as part of my Julie and Rocky Dixon Student Innovation Award Fellowship through the UO Graduate School. I shadowed F3Y Parenting Educators and updated some of our facilitation materials. I’m thrilled to be continuing at Parenting Now! as a full-fledged F3Y Parenting Educator.
Q: In your current role at PN!, what do you do?
A: I lead our Incredible INFANTs and Wonderful ONEs parenting groups. I guide family discussions related to the many changes and challenges of parenting infants and young children.
Q: What are some of the most rewarding aspects of working for Parenting Now!?
Q: For me, one particularly rewarding aspect of my current role is that I get to take what we know from developmental science and apply it directly to supporting families with young children.
Q: What would you like prospective parents to know about Parenting Now! that you think they may not realize or know?
A: I would like for prospective parents to know that at Parenting Now! we have something for everyone. We have so many different programs and services, including facilitated parenting groups, drop-in playtime for families, home visiting with Healthy Families, lactation and feeding support at Baby Connection, postpartum support with WellMama, and more. We know that being a parent can be hard, and we’re here to help and support you!
Q: What is a fun fact about you?
A: I play the french horn, and I recently joined the Eugene Springfield Community Orchestra.