About Us...


Founded in 1971, today Family Central Inc. (FCI) is the epicenter for comprehensive family strengthening, early learning, and training in South Florida. Nationally accredited on Accreditation and certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training, FCI continues to transform lives through its mission to promote children’s success by providing quality family support and educational services so that every child and family can succeed.
 

Many of Family Central's early childhood programs and family strengthening programs focus on the social and emotional development of the children we work with and their caregivers’ ability to:  identify, manage and facilitate healthy development for each child in this area. 

Social and emotional milestones are often harder to pinpoint than signs of physical development. This area emphasizes many skills that increase self-awareness and self-regulation.

This includes:

  • Form and sustain positive relationships
  • Experience, manage, and express emotions
  • Explore and engage with the environment

Children with well-developed social-emotional skills are also more able to:

  • Express their ideas and feelings
  • Display empathy towards others
  • Manage their feelings of frustration and disappointment more easily
  • Feel self-confident
  • More easily make and develop friendships
  • Succeed in school

Social-emotional development provides the foundation for how we feel about ourselves and how we experience others. This foundation begins the day we are born and continues to develop throughout our lifespan. The greatest influence on a child’s social-emotional development is the quality of the relationships that he develops with his primary caregivers. Positive and nurturing early experiences and relationships have a significant impact on a child’s social-emotional development. They also influence how the young child’s brain develops. An attachment relationship is an enduring one that develops during the first few years of the child’s life. It is built upon repeated interactions between the infant and the primary caregiver. These interactions mainly involve attempts by the infant to achieve physical and emotional closeness and the caregiver’s responses to these attempts. They have a lasting influence on how the child feels about himself, how he thinks and interacts with his world, and what he comes to expect from others.

 

 

Programs Offered 


 

Child Care Food Program (CCFP)

A program for family child care homes and child care centers

Family Central is contracted with the Florida Department of Health as a sponsor for the USDA Child Care Food Program to sponsor licensed family child care homes in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties and child care centers in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.

The goal of this valuable program is to ensure that nutritious meals and snacks are served and that good eating habits are taught in child care settings.

 

CQUELL: Community for Quality Early Learning and Literacy

Promoting and sustaining the early learning opportunities that are so important to prepare children for success in school.

 

Family Central Training Academy 

The Training Academy provides top-quality professional development, training, coaching, and support services and products for professionals and for families with young children throughout south Florida.

 

 Early Care and Education Department

The Early Care and Education (ECE) Department at Family Central in Broward County is proud to oversee a variety of contracts, grants and projects that positively impact the lives of young children, their families and their child care providers throughout Broward County.

Family Central offers several nationally recognized programs such as the Nurturing Parenting Program, The HIPPY program and Positive Behavior Support. 

 

Family Support Services

Welcome!  The Family Support Services Department at Family Central, Inc. is proud to provide the Broward County community with a variety of programs that encourage parents and young children and strengthen families.  Each program has a unique set of criteria for participation and more information is listed below. 
 

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a structured, home-based model focused on parent-child centered learning designed to remove barriers and to reach low-income families with limited education to become their child’s first teacher.  The family is provided with a set of developmentally appropriate materials, curriculum, and books designed to strengthen their children’s cognitive skills, early literacy skills, social/emotional and physical development.  Through HIPPY, parents not only become actively involved in the lives of their children, but assist their children to reach their full potential as prepare to enter school.  HIPPY conducts client-centered workshops and interactive family events and activities, such as monthly group meetings to encourage parents to develop social/community relationships.   HIPPY is funded by the University of South Florida and the United Way of Broward County.  For more information please contact Miranda GoPaul at (954) 724-4075.

 

Nurturing Parenting Program

The Nurturing Parenting Program (NPP) is a short term intensive in-home visitation parent education program using the Nurturing Parenting Skills for Families (NSF) framework. Bachelor level staff is highly trained and supervised by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Families and their children, birth – 11 years old, are eligible for services.   NPP utilizes competency-based instruction to strengthen the parent-child bond. The Family Nurturing plan promotes a partnership between parents and professionals in creating a parenting program specifically designed for the unique needs of the individual family. All sessions are designed to promote the 5 Nurturing Constructs and 5 Protective factors that form the core service delivery and provide an opportunity for strength based wraparound case management services.  Total service time approx 18-20 weeks.  NPP is funded by Children’s Services Council and ChildNet.  For more information, contact Michelle Rogers at (954) 724-3907.
 

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program provides training, coaching, and support to child care center directors, teachers, and parents in the strategies and skills children need for successful social and emotional development. The PBS model promotes three levels of interventions: (1) building nurturing relationships and creating safe environment for the children; (2) providing social emotional support to targeted students; and (3) providing intensive individual intervention including home visiting. The PBS program reflects a strong foundation of evidence-based strategies for early childhood settings. Each center is provided with, and trained to use, books that support the social emotional development of the child; visuals aids to instill self-awareness of feelings and the language to identify them; training and coaching in the implementation of Becky Bailey’s “Conscious Discipline” relaxation techniques which help children learn self-regulation strategies that will prevent explosive outbursts as well as Myrna B. Shure’s, “I Can Problem Solve” program.  PBS is funded by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.  For more information, contact Libby Synder at (954) 724-3847.

 

Each year, FCI serves over 90,000 unduplicated children, parents, child care teachers, and programs in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with a participant satisfaction average of well over 95% through all of its programs.
 
 
Locations

 Broward Office
840 SW 81st Ave., N. Lauderdale, FL 33068
Phone: 954-720-1000

Miami-Dade Office
10800 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 440,
Miami, FL 33161
PH: 305-749-8600
 
Sunrise Office
6800 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, FL 33313