Family Focus Highland Park (Formerly Family Network)

Drop In Center
Right from the Start
Right from the Start/
Programa Desde el Principio
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Mission and History

Family Focus Highland Park, formerly Family Network, is a not-for-profit family support center open to all regardless of ability to pay or geographic location. Our mission is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community.

Family Network was founded in 1983 by early childhood professionals seeking to connect young children and families with one another to help reduce isolation, build friendships and establish a supportive community network. We are grateful to the vision of our founders and all of the families, staff, volunteers and alumni that have contributed to Family Network since its inception.

In 2002 Family Network became part of Family Focus, a pioneering family support organization based in Chicago that was founded in 1976. Family Focus offers innovative, community-based programs that help parents, grandparents, and foster and adoptive parents, gain confidence and competence as the primary educators of their children. Family Focus has eleven centers in Chicago and surrounding communities.

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Programs and Services

Early Childhood Dual Language was originally established as the Parent/Child Drop In Center in 1983 as Family Network’s first program, by early childhood professionals who recognized the importance of providing a place where families could connect with one another and find support in the challenging job of raising young children. Since then the program has grown with an emphasis on using dual-language education in the classroom. The Early Childhood Dual Language program continues to offer programs where parents can meet the challenges of parenting through coming together for friendship and shared information while their young children are provided with safe, nurturing, and dual-language early experiences under the care of experienced professional staff.

Right From The Start Program (RFTS) was established in 1994 in response to an emerging Latino immigrant population in Highland Park and Highwood. RFTS serves the Latino community offering a wide array of Spanish-based services. These offerings include: prenatal classes, home visiting services and many educational groups for parents and children from birth through the elementary years. Additionally, thanks to the vision and support of Pam Phillips Weston, exercise classes were established  for moms in December of 2007 in conjunction with after school nutrition/exercise children’s classes for 1-5th grades to reinforce the importance of good health and target the rampant childhood obesity issue in our country.

EY staff giving the Family Focus Highland Park center a fresh coat of paint.
EY staff giving the Family Focus Highland Park center a fresh coat of paint.

Volunteer Opportunities

The support of community volunteers significantly enhance our services. Each program within the center has unique needs. Please review the programs below to identify our volunteer opportunities.  Click here to fill out our volunteer application.

Volunteer opportunities in the Parent/Child Center include:

  • Summer classroom aides: open to middle school, high school, or college students who have experience with young children (9:15-11:45 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) classroom aide for toddler room: Thursdays 9:15-11:45 a.m.; Substitute Teachers: B.A. and experience with young children required, Spanish a plus! Tuesday & Thursday, 9:15-11:45 a.m. (as needed)
  • Handyman/woman help needed – small repair projects throughout the year, Professional speakers for Parent Education Programs, Painters to paint center walls & woodwork (weekend or when center is closed in August)
  • Substitute Receptionist for front desk – substitute (one or more mornings per week, 9:30-11:00 a.m.)

Please feel free to contact Bobbie Hinden, Center Director, at [email protected] or call 847/433-0377, extension 303, if you are interested in donating items for the Parent/Child Center or if you are interested in volunteering your time.

Volunteer opportunities in The Right From The Start program include:

Volunteers are often utilized for helping with special events and teaching classes. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please feel free to contact Bobbie Hinden, Center Director, at [email protected] or call 847/433-0377, extension 303.

Volunteer opportunities in the office include:

Help with creating new & fresh marketing materials, updating social media sites, and administrative tasks as needed. Please contact the Office Manager at [email protected] or call 847/433-0377, extension 304.

Family Focus Highland Park Advisory Board

Family Focus Highland Park has a dynamic and active Advisory Board of Directors. Individuals offering their services and expertise to the Board are an essential part of our thriving and successful organization. We welcome people from all backgrounds and disciplines with our greatest needs being in the areas of fundraising, marketing and finance. Additionally we also have an interest in bringing in people with corporate and business experience. Most importantly we seek members that are civic minded and share our mission.

Click here to view our current Advisory Board of Directors. (Coming soon!)

Contact Us

Family Focus Highland Park
330 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
United States
Phone: 847-433-0377
Fax: 847-433-0461
See map: Google Maps