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.
Our family support services are aimed at assisting families strengthen their existing bonds with one another, helping parents and caregivers respond appropriately to the many stressors of parenthood and supporting families in providing a nurturing environment in which to raise their children. Family Central offers several nationally recognized programs such as The HIPPY program, Nurturing Parenting Program, and Positive Behavior Support. Each program has a unique set of criteria for participation and more information is listed below.
HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school, particularly those most at risk because of low income, limited education, and lack of parenting confidence. HIPPY is an evidence-based family support model that works directly with parents in their homes to give them books, activities, and skills needed for them to take responsibility for preparing their children for school. Home visitors deliver 30 weeks of high-quality school readiness curriculum activities and books directly to parents/guardians, who then work each day with their three, four, and five year old children. The program was designed to help families, organizations, and communities to come together to support parents/guardians to be their child’s first teacher. HIPPY has monthly group meetings and interactive family events that encourage parents to develop social and community relationships. We were named one of the seven home visiting models that meet the criteria of Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). 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.
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