Child Development Services are based upon the belief that parent’s are their children’s first and foremost teachers. Parents and children interact in a safe, nurturing and fun environment that reinforces mutual respect, understanding and growth. Each child and parent is valued as a unique person.
By providing developmentally appropriate experiences for both parents and children that strengthen parental and caregiver attachment, we are promoting the optimal physical, social, emotional, cognitive developmental needs of young children while responding to the needs of families.
Infants and toddlers are provided with developmentally appropriate and individualized programming to maximize the children’s development and foster positive parent/child relationships. Quality developmental care and education supports the positive growth of children as parents attend activities in the Center.
Health education is a vital component of Family Partnership services. Issues related to optimal health touch every aspect of one’s life. Health education includes those issues that are related to the physical and emotional well being of children, youth and adults. The focus is primary healthcare and/or prevention. Health education is provided primarily in a group format, but opportunities to provide information on an individual basis are available.
The broad spectrum of health education issues include:
Home visiting services are provided to families who are unable to attend the Center for a variety of reasons with the hope that each family can be transitioned into the Center, as appropriate. These services are provided to expectants and / or families with children 0 to 3 years old.
Home visiting includes:
These services are designed to enhance parenting skills for mothers, fathers and other primary caregivers and include parent education, parenting enhancement activities, informal interactions, role modeling and peer education.
Formal parent education is based on the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum which increases a parent's knowledge and skills regarding:
Informal parenting occurs daily throughout the center through modeling, informal interactions, and conversations with parents. Since behavior is learned from what is observed and through practice, promoting positive parenting occurs in a variety of settings and formats. Informal parent education also occurs through workshops where information on specific parenting topics is provided and support groups where parents get together to discuss common concerns.
Peer support and recreational activities are provided to develop a wide range of skills, strengths, and interests of participants. Family Partnership provides programming that is comprehensive and well rounded in nature. Services are delivered with the cultural context of those served in mind.
We empower participants with skills and relationships that will bridge over to their daily lives outside Family Partnership. Not only does this include basic life skills and recreation, but it also provides excellent opportunities for participants to develop leadership and advocacy skills. These skills are very important in the growth and development of the children, youth and adults attending the center. These opportunities are offered regularly to promote the development of such skills.
Employability services are designed to assist the participant to build job and work readiness skills, to find and maintain employment and to create and complete a career goal plan.
Employability Services include:
Certificates of Completion are awarded when specific activities are completed.
Service Coordination is an integral component of family support services. It provides the mechanism for families to maximize their potential. It is participant driven and delivered according to the participant's expressed needs and requests. Family Partnership has a team of case managers that work with mothers, fathers, expectants, and youth 16-24 years of age.
Through collaborative partnerships with Frederick County Workforce Services, and Frederick County Office for Children and Families, Family Partnership provides youth development services to youth between the ages of 16-24 who are facing a barrier or barriers to completing a high school education and/ or engaging in gainful employment.