We serve families with infants and young children who are struggling with difficult life circumstances. Our goal is to provide early intervention that builds successful and resilient children, strengthens parents, and preserves families through an array of comprehensive and integrated early childhood and therapeutic family support services.
Here is a quick overview of how Family Building Blocks helps families and the community.
Family Service Coordinators make regular visits to families in their homes. They bring information and activities matched to the ages of the children; they provide referrals to ensure access to medical services and resources for meeting basic needs; and they help parents identify and accomplish goals leading to self-sufficiency.
Children enrolled in our Therapeutic Classrooms attend classes twice a week. Classrooms maintain a low ratio of children to adults and provide a safe, nurturing environment that encourages exploration and play. FBB’s curriculum is individualized to meet the needs of each child, based upon research for supporting positive/healthy brain development. Classroom teachers provide home visits for the families at least once each month.
Enrolled parents who have a scheduled appointment or need a break may place their child(ren) in scheduled care for several hours each month. This respite time ensures parents that their children are in a safe and therapeutic environment.
FBB families are invited to four Family Nights each year. Family Nights provide opportunities for parents and children to have fun together, to meet new people and to gain social skills by interacting with other FBB families and volunteers.
Parent-Child Interaction Groups
FBB offers a variety of opportunities for parents and the children to interact in a healthy, supportive environment. Play groups provide parents the opportunity to meet their peers and establish support systems while strengthening the bond with their children. Hands-on group parenting time with the children in the classroom or child-friendly community settings give parents the opportunity to practice the skills modeled by teachers and home visitors.
Referrals to Community Resources
We help connect parents to needed community resources and services, including: medical and dental providers, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, Head Start, domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, WIC (Women Infants and Children Federal Supplemental Food Program), local food banks, child care, heat assistance, churches and other charitable organizations that may be able to help families with needed resources during a crisis.
In addition to our core child abuse prevention program, we offer other programs for parents in need.
Early Head Start - federally funded community-based program for low-income pregnant women or families with infants or toddlers
Reruns for Kids - consignment store; clothing and furnishings for children
All proceeds from the store are used to help prevent child abuse in our community.