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Parenting and Early Childhood Programs

Directions for Youth & Families' parenting and early childhood programs focus on improving parenting, communication, and decision-making skills in order to prevent child abuse/neglect and improve school readiness. Specialized services also help teen parents cope with the challenges of child-rearing. Services are provided in homes and other convenient locations in the community.

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Positive Paths Parenting:
Parenting instruction that works to improve the quality of family life. Participants are charged for this course based on a sliding fee scale.
Ready, Set, Grow:
An in-home kindergarten readiness program that provides case management, parent education, and theme-based curricula to multi-need families with children ages 2-6. Staff work with both children and parents.
Teen Parent Connection:
Counseling, case management, parent education, and linkage with community resources are provided to young people ages 12-21 who are parenting or are in their 2nd or 3rd trimesters. Childbirth Education Classes are also offered free of charge.
Partners in Parenting:

DFYF and AFC are offering The Art of Positive Parenting (TAPP) classes for a limited time this year to those who are unable to afford fee-based classes and are experiencing at least one of the following:

  • Parenting separately due to divorce or separation
  • Single parenting
  • Working with the legal or child welfare systems
  • Teen parenting
  • Struggling with how to handle their child's behavioral challenges

Directions for Youth & Families' parenting and early childhood programs focus on improving parenting, communication, and decision-making skills in order to prevent child abuse/neglect and improve school readiness.

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