Family Partnership Services
Family Partnership (FP) is responsive to the Frederick County community and we involve the participants as equal partners in program development and execution. There is an array of services at Family Partnership. At the heart of the Family Support Center philosophy is the idea of service coordination, interdisciplinary teamwork and viewing families as a total unit. To that end, Family Partnership provides the following core services with details in the tabs below.
- Child Development
- Adult Education
- Parent Education
- Health Education
- Home Visitation
- Youth Services
- Peer Support
- Service Coordination
- Employability Services
Child Development Program
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.
Infant & Toddler Care & Education
Infants and toddlers are provided with developmentally appropriate care and early education while parents attend classes and activities in the center.
Child Development Activities & Assessments
Adult Education Services
GED and English as a Second Language Learner (ESL) classes are offered at Family Partnership through Frederick Community College's Adult Education Program.
Limited educational services may be available at Family Partnership for youth under 18 years old if they are on homeschool status or officially withdrawn from school.
The GED program uses instruction, GED Academy, GED Test preparation books, and tutoring to assist participants in preparing for the GED test.
ESL Classes are available for individuals who want to improve their skills in speaking, writing, listening, and reading English. Participants receive ESL instruction as well as the ability to work on Rosetta Stone (on-line computer program).
Every participant enrolled into the FCC Adult Education program at Family Partnership will take an assessment to assess grade levels and academic skills. The assessment is periodically re-administered to document grade gains and academic achievements. The GED Official Practice Test is administered to all GED students prior to taking the official test. The practice test serves as an indication of student readiness and validates the progress of the student.
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
Formal parent education is based on the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum which increases a parent's knowledge and skills regarding:
Informal Parent Education
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.
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.
Common Health Education Topics
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:
Home visiting can also include:
About Youth Services
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.
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.
Examples of Peer Support
What is Services Coordination?
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.
Service Coordination for participants include:
These services are provided by an initial orientation, intake, and regular meetings between the case managers and participants. The case managers also collaborate with center staff and outside agencies that have involvement with the participant and his/her family.
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: