Family Support Programs

First Teachers Initiative

Orange County Literacy Council

Program Contact: Alice Denson, 919-914-6153

First Teachers Initiative provides children with a literacy rich environment through helping parents and caregivers build the skills they need to prepare the children in their care to enter and thrive in school. The Initiative introduces parents and caregivers to strategies to integrate language learning into daily activities and works with them as they build their own confidence and proficiency in working with their children.

Reach Out and Read

Orange County Partnership for Young Children

Program contact: Linda Hindman, 919-967-9091

Reach Out and Read provides pre-literacy opportunities for children and their parents during well-child visits in participating practices. At each visit, children receive a new, culturally and developmentally appropriate book to take home and parents are provided demonstrations during the visits on how to incorporate the books at home to support their child’s early learning.


Orange County Library

Program contact: Andrea Tullos, 919-245-2529

The Motheread program provides weekly sessions to teach parents of children birth to five critical literacy skills. Sessions are provided at private child care facilities or elementary schools participating in the Story Exploring coaching through the Time to Read activity.

Incredible Years Parent-Toddler Parent Education

KidSCope, Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project

Program contact: Alexandra Morris, 919-593-4655

The Incredible Years Toddler parent education program provides group-based parent education classes to parents and primary caregivers of children 12 to 36 months. The program teaches parents how to read their child’s cues, use effective verbal communication, and provide effective praise, coaching, routines and positive limit-setting.

Triple P

Freedom House Recovery Center, Inc.

Program contact: Anne-Marie Vanaman, 919-942-2803

Positive Parenting Program-Triple P provides parents with simple and practical strategies to help them confidently manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems from developing, and build strong, healthy relationships.

Circle of Parents

El Centro Hispano

Program contact: Fiorella Horna,, 919-377-8191

El Centro Hispano is expanding its Circle of Parents program to provide parent education and support to Latino parents and caregivers in Orange County. The program works with parents to identify topics of interest, set goals for the meeting, share information, and facilitate dialogue among parents.

Safe Families-Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Orange County Rape Crisis Center

Program contact: Rachel Valentine, 919-968-4647

The Safe Families Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program empowers families of young children, ages 3-5, to prevent child sexual abuse through strengthening protective factors related to child-parent communication and the promotion of safe, stable, nurturing environments, while raising awareness of risk factors for children and the adults who care for them. The program consists of education and training services delivered to parents and child care providers.

Community Response Program

Orange County Department of Social Services

Program contact: Alexa Hamel, 919-245-2748

The Community Response Program provides family-centered services for at risk families with children birth to 5, including the parenting supports Triple P and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up. The program engages families for up to 6 months and focuses on building protective factors to reduce risk factors, increase positive parenting practices, and encourage healthy child development.