Contact: Karen Storek Lange
New Parents Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 44226
Tucson, Arizona 85733-4226
Business Office: (602) 327-1451
Computer BBS: (602) 326-9345
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tucson -- New Parents Network (NPN) has undertaken the heretofore-unaddressed task of coordinating the nation's first computerized bulletin board system (BBS) linking all social service, support groups, and government agencies that assist parents. The BBS simultaneously allows parents access to vital information. Bulletins include specifics on product recall, general safety, child care and support groups, as well as crisis information. The BBS is an innovative and powerful tool for parents and social service agencies because it encourages interaction on local, regional, and national levels in a way that has never before been attempted. Users have round-the-clock access to gathered information and resources. Anyone (agency or parent) who has access to a computer with a 1200 or 2400 baud modem can logon to the BBS by dialing (602) 326-9345.
New Parents Network, founded in 1988, has been providing educational packets of information free of charge to Tucson area hospitals. The data gathered by the BBS will enable New Parents Network to provide a comprehensive guide to be distributed nationally to hospital maternity patients reflecting local, regional and national parenting resources. Follow-up newsletters and supplementary information will be furnished to parents as their child grows and concerns change.
"New Parents Network is a centralized point to gather and disseminate information of great importance to our nation's parents," says Karen Lange, Executive Director and Founder of New Parents Network. "Parenting is one of the most challenging experiences, and without education and access to simple information we will continue to see the kinds of crises that frequently headline the news. New Parents Network provides an organized link that responds quickly and clearly to parenting needs and concerns. Its evolutionary character is unique because the more it is used the more complete it will become."
NPN invites input on a national level from all social service and government agencies as well as private organizations providing parenting resources that would benefit from assistance in disseminating information through a centralized computer system.
There are currently three components to the BBS: the BULLETIN AREA provides users with information about specific organizations; ELECTRONIC MAIL/FORUMS enables users to interact; and EDUCATIONAL PUBLIC SHAREWARE area provides programs that are available for downloading.
New Parents Network, a non-profit organization, provides access to the BBS at no charge as a national service to all people and agencies concerned with parenting, and relies solely on public contributions, grants, and corporate underwriting support.