At Family Building Blocks, we believe every parent wants to be the best parent they can be. As a parent, you hear many messages about what it means to be a “good parent” and about what is “best” for your child. We believe you are the expert on your child. And we believe all parents can benefit from support to navigate the changes and challenges of parenthood.

Many parents feel confused and frustrated by conflicting parenting information from friends, family, and media. At Family Building Blocks, we provide information based on the latest research about healthy child development and positive parenting practices. We won’t tell you how to raise your child, but we will provide information that you can use in making parenting decisions.

Being a parent is one of the most challenging roles you will ever face. It is also one of the most significant. Are you interested in inviting Family Building Blocks to partner with your family? We would love to hear from you.

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Click the link to start your application or call our Intake Team at 503.798.4744​



Haga clic en el enlace para iniciar su aplicación o llame al 503.798.4744


After learning about your family and what you are looking for, Intake team, Michelle and Stephanie, will connect you with the program that will best fit your needs: Relief Nursery, Healthy Families, or Early Head Start.



Early Head Start Applications

For Early Head Start, you may download the applications below. There are no applications necessary for our Relief Nursery or Healthy Families programs. 

Early Head Start: Please return to Helen's Place at 180 18th St. NE.

Qualifications: English
Children ages 0-3: English | Español
Expectant Mothers: English | Español



COPE Classes
Clase de COPE


Printable Forms Formas para Imprimir:
English | Español

To learn more, call 503.581.9922. 
Para obtener más información, llame 503.581.9922.

To pay by cash, visit Para pagar con efectivo venga a
Chelsea's Place, 2425 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR  97305

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Martes, Miércoles, Jueves, Viernes de 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Scholarships are available - see below. 
Hay becas disponibles- vea más abajo.


COPE is a one-time, four-hour seminar provided for parents who are going through divorce or separation.

The seminar is oriented toward how to help your children through the divorce and providing parenting strategies for after the divorce takes place. This seminar is required for both parents by the Marion County courts. Although it is court-mandated for most parents that attend, anyone may register for this class.

We know that divorce/separation can be a difficult time for all involved. We also know that parents’ actions and decisions profoundly affect how well a child adjusts to the changes.

Parents will leave the seminar feeling like they have more tools for helping their children to thrive and be happy during this transition.

Topics include:

  • What children of different ages feel and think about during divorce and separation
  • How to talk to your children about the divorce or separation; how to get children to open up
  • How conflict affects your children
  • Changing your relationship with the other parent to reduce conflict
  • Shared parenting dos and don’ts; strategies for parenting with the other parent
  • Why children need noncustodial parents to stay involved
  • Information on creating a parenting plan and where to look for resources

COPE es un seminario de cuatro horas que se toma solamente una vez para padres que están en trámites de divorcio o separación.

El seminario se centra en orientar a los padres en cómo ayudar a sus hijos durante el proceso de divorcio y proveer estrategias para después cuando el divorcio suceda. Este seminario es requerido por la corte del condado de Marion para ambos padres. Aunque es un requisito por la corte para ambos padres que asistan, cualquier padre puede venir a registrarse para asistir a la clase.

Reconocemos que el divorcio/separación son momentos difíciles para la familia y a todos los involucrados. También reconocemos que las acciones y decisiones de los padres afecta profundamente en cómo se ajustan los hijos a los cambios.

Los padres saldrán del seminario sintiendo que tienen más herramientas para ayudar a sus hijos en prosperar y ser feliz durante esta transición.

Los temas incluyen:

  • Los sentimientos y pensamientos sobre el divorcio y separación de acuerdo de las edades de los niños.
  • Como hablar con sus hijos sobre el divorcio o separación; como animar a sus hijos para que hablen sobre el tema.
  • Como los conflictos afectan a sus hijos.
  • Cambiando su relación con el otro padre para reducir conflicto
  • Compartiendo lo que uno puede y no puede hacer; estrategias para criar a sus hijos al compartir la custodia con el otro padre.
  • Porque es importante para los padres que no tienen custodia de sus hijos sigan involucrados en sus vidas.
  • Información en crear un plan de crianza y en donde buscar recursos


Some funds are available for partial scholarships to offset the cost of COPE class fees for some participants. You will need to bring proof of income eligibility when you register prior to the class date. Please bring cash only for payment. OHP, TANF, SNAP, WIC, or Disability cards are often used to show proof of income eligibility. Your remaining responsibility after receiving the scholarship is $30, which must be paid before the class. Contact the COPE coordinator at 503.581.9922 to find out if you are eligible.

Algunos fondos están disponibles para becas parciales para compensar el costo de la clase COPE para algunos participantes. Deberá presentar prueba de elegibilidad de ingresos cuando se registre antes de la fecha de la clase, por favor traiga el pago solo en efectivo. OHP, TANF, SNAP, WIC, o Tarjeta de discapacidad se usan con frecuencia para comprobar su elegibilidad. Su responsabilidad restante después de recibir la beca es $30, que debe ser pagado antes de la clase. Contacte a la coordinadora de COPE al 503.581.9922 para saber si usted es elegible.



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If you're already partnering with Family Building Blocks, contact your FBB staff to learn about opportunities for you and your family including Parenting Classes, Playgroups, Family Nights, and more!





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All families partnering with Family Building Blocks have access to the following resources:


Helen's Place: English | Español
Chlesea's Place: English | Español






Coming soon!

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Families partnering with Family Building Blocks receive emergency food boxes through our partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share. Non-perishable food donations are accepted year-round at our locations to support the needs of families parenting young children in Marion and Polk counties.

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Quality and gently used children's clothing is available to families through our Clothes Closet. There is always a need for additional donations of gently used clothing for children ages infant to five years.

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Parents are connected to needed community resources and services including local food banks, medical and dental providers, housing, child care, Head Start, support for basic needs, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence programs, and other charitable organizations that may be able to help families during a crisis.