Early Childhood and Family Support

Family Support

The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice has conducted research, training and technical assistance in the areas of family development and family support since 1981. 

Family support describes both an approach and a set of services, supports and opportunities that enable and empower families to successfully nurture and care for their children. The family support approach affirms that all families have strengths as well as needs; it recognizes parents as the experts on their children and families and normalizes the need for support for all families.  The family support approach is not limited to social services; it can be infused into social institutions such as schools and health care.  Family support services are preventive, typically voluntary, and usually community based.

Iowa Family Development Specialist Training

This training develops the ability of many groups, i.e., Community Action, Head Start, county extension, teachers, community health nurses, and family support workers to provide family centered programs. Areas covered will be the use of relationship building and maintaining skills and how they are used in the helping relationship (from joining to termination). Participants also review systems theory, family centered case management, solution-focused intervention, conflict management and strategies for family and community empowerment. This course teaches the use of the Family Development Model of Family Centered Practice to facilitate improved family functioning and economic independence.

View our Training Snapshot to learn more about the intended audience, expected outcomes, and registration information for this training opportunity.

Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (Project LAUNCH)

Iowa Project LAUNCH was intended to improve outcomes at the individual, family, and community levels by meetings the needs for physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development with access to high-quality prevention and wellnesspromotion services for children and their families. The evaluation of Project LAUNCH measured child and family outcomes in two evidence-based direct service programs...

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