Family Support Programs

Reach Out and Read

Orange County Partnership for Young Children

Reach Out and Read (ROR) provides pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents during their well child visits receiving care in participating practices. At each well-child visit, children receive a new, culturally and developmentally-appropriate book to take home. Parents are provided demonstrations during the visits on how to incorporate the books at home to support their child’s early learning. The trained medical care provider will discuss the importance of reading, model reading a book aloud to the child, and encourage parent-child interactions as part of pre-literacy and language development.

Contact: Linda Hindman 919-967-9091 lhindman@orangesmartstart.org

Incredible Years Toddler Parenting Education

KidSCope, Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project

The Incredible Years Toddler Parenting Education program provides group-based parent education classes and home-based visit to parents and primary caregivers of children 12 to 36 months. The program will teach parents how to read their child’s cues, use effective verbal communication, and provide appropriate stimulation for babies and provide effective praise, coaching, routines and positive limit-setting for toddlers. Parents will gain understanding in fostering warm, nurturing and rewarding interactions with their children and gain knowledge of the importance of play, positive attention, and positive discipline.

Contact: Alexandra Morris 919-593-4655 AWMorris@kidscope.chtop.org

Families Learning Together Initiative

Orange County Literacy Council

The Families Learning Together Initiative will provide children with a literacy-rich environment where everyday life is filled with language development. This project is aimed at helping stay-at-home moms whose first language is not English and parents of children ages 0-5 who need support building their own literacy skills and those of their children. This initiative helps parents and caregivers build the skills needed to prepare the children in their care to enter and to thrive in school. Through a series of access points, the initiative introduces parents and caregivers to strategies that integrate language learning into daily activities and works with them as they build confidence and proficiency in working with their children.

Contact: Alice Denson 919-914-6153 adenson@orangeliteracy.org

Safe Families-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Orange County Rape Crisis Center

The Safe Families Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (Safe Families aims to empower families of young children (ages birth to five) to prevent child sexual abuse by strengthening protective factors related to the promotion of safe, stable, nurturing environments, while raising awareness of risk factors among the adults who care for them. Using multiple strategies from proven evidence-based practices, the program is offered to families and teachers/staff in local childcare and early childhood education centers as well as community-based locations in Orange County. Safe Families increases child-protective behaviors among the adults who care for children, including increased parent-child communication regarding child sexual abuse, increased knowledge of perpetrator behaviors, and increased likelihood to identify and report suspicions of sexual abuse or child maltreatment.

Contact: Rachel Valentine 919-968-4647 rvalentine@ocrcc.org

Community Response Program

Orange County Department of Social Services

The Community Response Program provides family-centered services for Orange County families with children birth to five who have been reported to Child Protective Services with reports closed or screened out at intake. The program engages families for up to 6 months through home visits to build upon family strengths to meet needs. Home visits focus on building protective factors to reduce risk factors that can lead to further CPS involvement, increase positive parenting practices, and encourage healthy child development. Families are provided with family support services including a family assessment, screening children under the age of five for early intervention services, linkage to community resources, and information on child development and parenting. Evidence-based interventions include Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-UP (ABC).

Contact: Alexa Hamel 919-245-2748 pahamel@orangecountync.gov