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Straight Answers to Parenting Challenges

Parenting is not always easy, but it's helpful to know you're not alone. Food for Thought is a series of educational dinners about challenges facing our children. Presented by the Junior League of Jackson in partnership with the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY), each dinner focuses on a different parenting issue. 

Together, CAY and the Junior League of Jackson are sponsoring this series of interactive programs for parents. Far from being a dry lecture, these dinners are discussions where child development experts share their knowledge in a relaxed, conversational setting. Parents can ask questions and get real answers to real questions from CAY staff. Junior League volunteers will provide activities for the children.


This free education series is open to the community.

Dinner will be provided (first-come, first-served), and childcare (ages 3 to 10) is available.

Where:  UMMC Student Union, Rooms A-D
              2500 North State Street
              Jackson, Mississippi

              Free parking available in Lot D (driving directions and map).

When:    6:15 p.m. – Registration and Dinner
               6:45-7:30 p.m. – Program


September 21, 2017  
Back to School: Optimizing success for the child’s development and learning

October 19, 2017      
State of Mind:  The truth about anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders facing our children and youth

November 16, 2017  
Parenting the Young Child:  Everything you wish someone had told you!

January 4, 2018        
Let’s Get Real:  All you need to know about ADHD

February 22, 2018    
Healthy Habits:  Empowering and reinforcing healthy habits and choices

March 22, 2018         
Parenting the Teenager:  The good, the bad, the ugly

April 12, 2018
Autism (ASD): The Who, What, When, Where, How, and Whys of Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more information on Food For Thought or to learn more about the Center for Advancement of Youth, contact Sara Hart Fellows at or (601) 209-5504.

About CAY and Junior League of Jackson

The Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at Children’s of Mississippi, part of UMMC, is a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment center devoted to promoting the health development of all Mississippi children and youth. CAY’s goal is to ensure that no child or youth ages birth to 25 suffers from lack of access to appropriate behavioral or developmental care and treatment. Learn more about CAY.

The Junior League of Jackson is a charitable organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for those in the Jackson community. The Junior League has been a long-time partner with UMMC, raising millions of dollars to help fight childhood cancer and lending their time and energy to projects including Recreation, Enrichment, and Assistance for Children’s Health (REACH), and Rockin’ Mamas. Learn more about the Junior League of Jackson.