Program Goals

Growth

Improve parent-child relationship and support the child’s social emotional well being

Health

Empower families to provide a healthy, nurturing environment for their children

Foundations

To build foundations for strong family functioning

About Us

Founded in 1993
Our mission is to meet the needs of families in Northwest Arkansas for individualized parenting education and family support.

Family Network is a home-based prenatal and parenting education program accredited by Healthy Families America, a national home visiting model promoting high standards for performance and a commitment to quality through their mission to promote child well-being and prevent the neglect and abuse of our nation's children. Family Network is the "village" for parents in Washington County. We meet families needs for education and support when confronted with challenges of low income, abuse, low educational attainment, teen pregnancy, etc. Being proactive to deliver in-home parenting education for the first 3 years of the child's life helps our community to have fewer birth complications, children that succeed in school, families that stay healthy, families that are more resilient, and avoid adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Our TEAM

Audrey Zavaleta
Audrey Zavaleta
Interim executive director
Audrey Zavaleta graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor’s in Sociology. She was introduced to the non-profit world through the Americorps VISTA program in 2012. Audrey joined Family Network in Oct. 2013. Her passion is being a voice for the under-served and unrepresented, and being a channel for knowledge that empowers others.
Ashley Lehman
Ashley Lehman
Parent educator
Ashley graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She began non-profit work in 2012 with Healthy Families America where she developed a passion for early intervention within the family unit. In her free time, Ashley dives into anything outdoors and artistic; including-Sketching, Knit/Pearl, etc.
Kiara Zapete
Kiara Zapete
Parent educator
Kiara earned a Bachelor’s in Educational Studies, with minors in both Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Arkansas. She joined Family Network in June of 2018. Kiara’s passion is empowering children and young adults to reach their highest potential, and enabling minority groups to feel a sense of belonging and responsibility in their own lives and community.

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