Parenting Services at FIRC
Are you an expecting parent or new parent of a child age 0-36 months looking for resources or a parenting support group?
FIRC’s parenting services focus on helping parents overcome the challenges of raising a family in Summit County. We offer Home/Virtual Visitation with a Parent Peer, support groups, or a light one-time consultation option. We connect parents with resources, increase knowledge of child development, promote positive parenting skills, facilitate meeting other parents in this community, and develop or strengthen your support network. We are here to ensure your family’s basic needs are met so that you can thrive.
Home/Virtual Visitation Program
FIRC’s Parenting Visitation Program is currently FULL. The program year runs from July 1st, 2023 – June 30th, 2024. Look for our open application to apply in May 2024. Please see below for more information on Parenting Support Groups and other resources.
FIRC’s Parenting program works with families with pregnant women and children ages 0-36 months over the course of a year. We use the Parents as Teachers and Partner for a Healthy Baby curriculums and trainings in our one-on-one visits. Our Parenting home/virtual visiting model utilizes a supportive and flexible framework where families are matched one-on-one with a FIRC Parent Peer and receive two, hour-long visits each month, for the duration of our program year (July 1st, 2023-June 30th, 2024). FIRC is working with 44 total children this year and will offer a variety of additional parenting supports (see below).
PARENTING HOME/VIRTUAL VISITATION GOALS:
- Help parents become the first and best teachers to their children.
- Make connections to valuable resources and help families meet their basic needs.
- Increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and setting parenting/family goals.
- Provide social-emotional education, pro-social connections, workshops, and events.
- Provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues.
- Prevent child abuse and neglect.
We work with families that live or work in Summit County, Colorado AND are either pregnant women, or parents/guardians of children ages 0-36 months.
Parenting Support Groups
Parenting isn’t easy. Through collaborative learning, parents learn techniques and strategies to give their children the best start in life. FIRC utilizes the Circle of Parenting support group model.
We offer one Spanish speaking support group every month. If you are interested in joining, please email Patty Garcia, Peer Community Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a pregnant or a parent in Summit County that is looking for some coaching, advice, or assistance – we offer brief, one-time consultations. We can help with pregnancy guidance and support, maternal and infant education services and ancillary services for women and infants, application assistance (CCCAP, FARM, childcare waitlists), preschool and school district guidance, assessments (ASQ or PICCOLO), orientation to the landscape of our community (where are key agencies located), referrals to partner agencies (NFP, WIC, ECO, Early Intervention, Youth & Family), after school recommendations, information about Colorado Community Response CCR and other internal programs such as ALMA, and much more. Please complete our simple form below and someone will reach out to you:
Parenting Tips by Text
Parents who sign up for FIRC’s Parenting Tips by Text support will receive a monthly alert for useful, local and relevant information. Resources include activities and events in our community, useful technical tools, important deadline reminders, program enrollments, and much more.
To sign up for Summit County Parenting Tips click here!
We use reliable resources to give parents relatable and real-life tips to support their children’s growth on a variety of topics.
(You don’t need an account to access resources, it just makes it easier to keep track of what you need)