The mission of Family Focus is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening families in and with their communities
We help parents gain confidence and competence as the primary caregivers and educators of their children.
We provide parents and their children with critical resources and learning opportunities to encourage healthy development in their communities.
What We Do
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
We provide parents with training and educational tools to support healthy early childhood development. We work as partners, evaluating benchmarks and providing resources to meet the developmental needs of children. We connect parents to others in their community, creating a support structure that enables the whole family to positively impact a child's emotional state, ability to socialize, capacity to learn, and preparation for school, for a lifetime of well-being.
Family Focus supports children and youth ages 6-18 through enhanced educational opportunities programs to explore science, technology, engineering and math, as well as sports and cultural activities that encourage healthy development, self-confidence and the ability to create positive relationships.
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
By helping parents, grandparents and family members achieve their own personal academic and career goals, we impact the lives of their children. Classes, support groups, and family events help caregivers gain skills and confidence.
PROGRAM STRATEGIES INCLUDE:
- Developmental screenings to ensure that children are reaching important milestones
- Parenting education workshops/support groups
- Evidence-based early childhood curriculum
- Prenatal education and birthing support
- Family goal-setting
- Pre-literacy learning activities
- Focus on father engagement
Who We Serve
There are seven Family Focus locations in the greater Chicago area, including Aurora, Cicero/Hermosa, DuPage, Englewood, Evanston, Highland Park/Highwood,and Lawndale.
What Makes Us Unique
We begin in the home, one-on-one with participating families in the context of their cultural heritage and specific needs, and then connect parents with other parents and staff at the Family Focus center in their community offering classes, support groups and family activities.
99% of participants say that Family Focus programs are respectful of their culture
96% of Family Focus participants are satisfied with the services they received
97% of caregivers report a better understanding of their child's development
94% of parents report their child is doing better in school since participating in the program