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What We Do

Tri County Community Action has been helping people and changing lives throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties for over 50 years. Offering a comprehensive approach to individual, family, and neighborhood success, Tri County Community Action provides a myriad of programming and initiatives around early childhood and family development; employment, education and financial empowerment; housing security; and community development - all in an effort to create strong families and thriving communities.

Tri County Community Action’s Promise is to care about the entire community, and acknowledges that even today, structural inequities leave some behind. Tri County Community Action believes that lifting up diversity, equity, and inclusion and standing against hate is core to combating those structural inequities, making all communities a better place to live.

  • This morning I attended a (Group Connection) you hosted. My daughter, Claire, LOVED it! She has been talking ever since about it and sharing what she learned with her brother. So, thank you, and your team, for all of the work put into putting the bags of crafts together, the songs, the games, and all of the care!

Our Impact This Year

Everything we do is aimed to disrupt and permanently break the cycle of poverty for everyone living in our community. 

Did you know that right now 51,419 of your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members are economically insecure? 

Last year, 38% of the people we helped were working and providing the sole source of income for their households - 63% were women, and 51% of households had children in the home. These were and are hard-working, caring, and productive members of our community - they are YOU - and we helped 17,624 of you stabilize, sustain, and take steps towards economic independence. 

Parent Education Programs Strengthens Families and Prevents Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, a time to act collectively to raise awareness and empower people across our communities to play a role in making great childhoods happen.

In 2019, there were 42,252 reports of child abuse in the state of Pennsylvania. While the number of reports was on the decline between 2018 and 2019, even one child being abused is too many, and it is clear that there is much work to be done to ensure that all children learn, grow, and develop to their full potential.

At Tri County Community Action, we believe that families growing better together can prevent child abuse and enable children to learn, grow and develop to their full potential.

One way we seek to encourage and support families in their growth and development over time together is through our Parents as Teachers program

Parents as Teachers equips families with the information and tools necessary to provide a healthy and safe home using five protective factors to strengthen families: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional development.  

Our focus in work with families involves:

  • Developing parenting skills
  • Nurturing realistic expectations around a child's capability
  • Increasing knowledge about normal child development
  • Promoting healthy and secure attachment between a child and their parents/caregivers
  • Developing the skills needed to healthily navigating parental stress
  • Creating access to good basic health care for children and their families
  • Growing healthy support networks for parents/caregivers

In 2021, 139 children served by Tri County Community Action met social and emotional milestones, while their caregivers improved their parenting skills through the Parents as Teachers program.

Parent education programs like Parents as Teachers reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect through implementing positive parenting practices, and are one of the most commonly used interventions in child welfare.

This Child Abuse Prevent Month, you can create strong families by supporting programs that work!

If you or someone you know would like to speak to a member of our staff regarding the Parents as Teacher program, please fill out this form on our website.