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Family Center

Family Center

The challenges and dynamics of parenting may seem to change, but the basics - love, nurturing, and healthy living - remain the foundation for a strong family. This foundation in the early years helps to lay the path to a child's success in both school and life. 

With the belief that parents are the most influential and first teachers of their children, our Family Educators stand ready to help set goals and meet developmental milestones. All programs are focused on supporting families in developing parenting skills, enhancing communication, school readiness, and household management – everything families need to stay together, healthy, and strong!


ACT: RAISING SAFE KIDS

This 9 week parenting program focuses on adults who care for and teach children from birth to 8 years old. ACT aims to strengthen positive parenting skills by teaching child development, behavior management, tools for positive effective discipline, effective anger and conflict management, and media literacy. It also provides caregivers with a supportive social network and supports families to create safe communities for their children. 


BRIDGES 4 LIFE

A community-based prevention program for at-risk youth between the ages of 15 and 21 to help identify, access, build, and apply resources for success in school, at work, and in life. Participants meet weekly with a program specialist to participate in life skill classes and social recreational activities focused on developing a sense of purpose and personal responsibility for themselves and the world around them. 


CAR SEAT SAFETY

Our Family Center has certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST) working with SAFE KIDS in Dauphin County through Penn State Children’s Hospital. This program offers a discount car seat program to families who are referred to us or other public assistance agencies. Technicians are available to conduct safety checks whenever your organization has a need.


FATHERHOOD & 24/7 DAD

A program dedicated to supporting, counseling, and challenging fathers to become strong and positive influences within their families. This 12-week program focuses on building the man first and the father second. Open to any father, there are no restrictions of age, income, marital status, or age of children.


PARENTS AS TEACHERS

This program focuses on the concept that a childs' first and best teacher is their parent. And just like school teachers receive training and education to do their job well, parents often need additional skills and guidance to teach their children well. Our Parents As Teachers program is a valuable resource for Dauphin County parents with children under Kindergarten age, offering support and information to help parents and children prepare for the transition to school.


TRIPLE P: POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM

The Positive Parenting Program, or Triple P, provides parents with simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life, from toddler tantrums to self-esteem issues, bedtime battles, disobedience, or even aggression. Parents learn to identify daily family problems and the communication skills necessary for solving and preventing them.