Mission: Family to Family Connection empowers and supports families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children through parent education and community networking.
Founded in 1998, the Family to Family Connection program builds upon the strengths of children, families, and communities to support the child within the family and the family within the neighborhood. The program was developed by Sandy Miller, former First Lady of Nevada, as a means to help build families in our state by providing services focusing on strengthening attachment, maximizing brain development and promoting breastfeeding. This statewide effort creates a comprehensive network that encourages optimal child growth and development through community-based public and private partnerships.
The program serves families with children from birth to age five and help provide parents and caretakers with the tools to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children through parent education and community networking. The program provides educational and emotional support that empowers parents and helps them become the best parents they can be. The end result is healthy, confident children leading to a stronger community.
The parent-participation classes offered by the centers help build strong bonds between parents and their infants and toddlers and provides training on key developmental areas including early physical, social and emotional issues. Services and classes offered are in many cases, the only type being offered in the communities in which the centers serve. Clients come to our centers because they need support, want information and are in search of their “community,” especially in areas of the state with a high transiency, such as Las Vegas, where extended family members are not around to provide the critical support they need.
Workshops/Classes: Classes are open to the public and includes topics such as Parent Effectiveness Training, Developmental Assets, Strategies for Parents, Explore & Learn, Nutrition, Breastfeeding Support, Positive Discipline Strategies, Financial Principles, Returning to the Workforce, and more.
Resource Library: Materials are available to families to check out and use at home such as Budgeting Software, Parenting Books, Videos, and more.
Intervention Programs: Partnerships with UNLV have made it possible for families to have one-on-one access to individual counseling sessions to help them deal with marriage and family issues, Partnerships with Nevada Early Intervention Services allows for children with special needs to be integrated with peers at the center, Family to Family staff is able to identify children with developmental delays and provide referrals to agencies for diagnosis and treatment, Individual Lactation Consultations help parents who are struggling with breastfeeding.
Here are just a sample of the many services we offer parents of children 0 up to 5 years old: