Overview

 

Our Mission

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.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

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. 

PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

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