Programs & Services

At Family Focus our support and life-enrichment services for children start at the pre-natal stage and continue to the age of 18.  We also serve families by giving parents the support, knowledge and resources they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

Art For All

Through collaborations with other art organizations such as Urban Gateways, Redmoon Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and Looking Glass Theatre, Family Focus exposes children to a variety of art, drama and music.  In addition, children receive direct arts instruction during the school year and in summer camps.

  • Collaboration with arts organizations to attend productions.
  • Digital media programming including screenwriting, editing, cinematography
  • Creation of murals for community beatification
  • Poetry competitions
  • Field trips
  • Recreational activities

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Early Childhood Initiative

Family Focus offers services that help parents with children ages 0-5 enhance their ability to provide and advocate for their families. Education and support services to parents during the early years significantly contribute to positive, healthy, child-rearing practices, prevention of abuse and neglect, and success in school. Programs offered strengthen parental knowledge and skills, and reduce isolation. Initiative includes home visiting, parental support groups and an early literacy initiative called Hug-a-book.

Services include:

  • Home visits by a train support worker
  • Developmental screening
  • Prenatal and parenting support
  • Child development education
  • Fitness & nutrition education
  • Family planning education
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to health care providers
  • Referrals to community services, collaborating agencies
  • Advocacy
  • Evidence-based curriculum, including: Parents as Teachers, BabyTALK, Healthy Families Illinois
  • Support groups specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren

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Hug-A-Book

As an early literacy initiative of Family Focus, Hug-A-Book supports teachers, parents, and other adults as they instill a love of books and reading in young children of diverse backgrounds. Hug-a-Book promotes literacy and reading by providing:

  • Workshops and consulting services for teachers and other early childhood professionals,
  • Parent workshops
  • A selection of multicultural hard-cover children's books.

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Fatherhood Initiative

Open to new fathers, teen fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and fathers trying to reconnect with their families, this group helps fathers learn positive parenting skills and build relationships with their children in a safe, welcoming setting. This group provides comprehensive family support, including family night cook-outs and family field trips.  Other services:

  • Parenting skills
  • Father's rights
  • Ex-offender rights
  • Job referrals
  • Child support information
  • Male-female relationships
  • Grandfathering
  • Parental self-esteem
  • Domestic violence
  • Child development
  • Evidence-based curriculum:
    24/7 Dad, Born to Learn - Young Dads, Siempre Papa

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Healthy Kids and Families

Family Focus promotes healthy families by:

  • Educating parents about healthy behaviors for themselves and their children
  • Developing collaborations with healthcare institutions and other community organizations
  • Addressing barriers participants face through preventive health education
  • Providing bilingual staff members who can translate
  • Connecting families to healthcare providers
  • Providing follow-up home visiting programs
  • Exercise classes such as Zumba

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Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Initiative

Family Focus's teen parent programs offer comprehensive medical, educational, and support services that help teens both prepare for the demands of parenthood and nurture their own development by focusing on academic success and career.  By helping teens prepare for the future, they are better able to provide for their baby and less likely to have a second pregnancy.

Services included:

  • Home visits
  • Doula services
  • Group meetings
  • Parent education workshops
  • High school classes onsite
  • Family planning education
  • Mental health screenings
  • Career and academic planning
  • Family recreational activities
  • Fathers' support groups
  • Evidence-based curriculum, including:
    Parents Too Soon, Healthy Families Illinois

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Violence Prevention Initiative

Providing Youth with Positive Alternatives

Afterschool programming held at our Aurora, Evanston, Highland Park/Highwood and Lawndale centers, supports children and youth ages 6-14. The programs provide positive alternatives to premature sexual activity, early parenthood, school dropout, and gang involvement by educating youth about their personal responsibilities and boundaries. Initiative focuses around academic success, exposure to the arts, and mental health services for children. During the summer, we provide all-day camps for children, utilizing teens form the local community to serve as camp counselors.

Keeping Summer Safe

Our summer camps provide children and parents with a safe and fun alternative.  We hire teens from our programs to serve as camp counselors, providing them with work experiences while providing mentoring and role models for our younger participants.

  • Art programming
  • Mentoring
  • Physical activities
  • Peer socialization
  • Field Trips
  • Literacy initiatives

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Mental Health Initiative

The Chicago Safe Start (Safe From the Start) program at Family Focus Englewood provides mental health and therapeutic services to children under six who have been exposed to violence, and their families. The program also conducts public awareness and coalition-building activities related to young children’s exposure to violence.

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Welcoming New Citizens

Family Focus provides immigrant families with bilingual services to provide pathways to success and includes:

  • Welcoming Centers for new immigrants at our Aurora and Nuestra Familia     locations
  • Outreach and interpretation services
  • ESL and GED classes
  • Citizenship classes
  • Assistance with citizenship applications
  • Legal support
  • Civic engagement classes
  • Referral to healthcare providers
  • Advocacy with community agencies
  • Voter registration assistance

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