What do teachers and principals think is most important for school readiness?
Literacy and social-emotional development. When given a book, two-thirds of children entering kindergarten from low-income families didn't know where to start or which direction to go when reading.
School readiness of low-income children at risk for school failure, Journal of Children & Poverty
A great investment for our community
Watch how Family Building Blocks is a great investment for our community.
Family Building Blocks is a prevention program:
Child abuse prevention
Foster care prevention
Our outcomes and accomplishments
Avoiding Foster Care
In 2010, 99% of the children in our child abuse prevention programs were able to live safely with their parents thus avoiding the trauma of abuse, neglect, and foster care.
Preparing Children to Learn
24 children “graduated” from our therapeutic classes and entered kindergarten or Head Start ready to learn.
Expanding to Polk County
We expanded our services into Polk County by developing a satellite Relief Nursery, Gracie’s Place, where we anticipate serving 200 children during our first three years of operation.
Reuniting Families through Drug Court
In response to our community’s methamphetamine crisis, FBB has become a partner in Marion County’s Fostering Attachment Family Dependency Court. The goal of this program is to help parents be drug-free, have secure housing, be employed and care for their children in a safe, nurturing manner.
Community volunteers contributed over 12,000 hours of service in children’s therapeutic classrooms, outreach programs, special projects, fundraising and governance activities.