Parenting Services at FIRC
Do you need parental help 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 of food, housing, mental health, and health care are met so that you can thrive.
Parenting Home/Virtual Visitation Program
Our Parenting Visitation Program is currently FULL. The program year runs from July 1st, 2022 – June 30th, 2023. Look for our open application to apply in May 2023. Please see below for more information on Parenting Support Groups and other resources.
This program year, we launched a revamped and re-imagined Parenting visitation program! During the height if COVID, we had some time to pause and listen to what our families and community expressed they really needed. In response to the great feedback we received, we altered our visitation programming this year to focus on pregnant women and children ages 0-3. This is for many reasons, but mainly not to duplicate other programs already being offered in Summit County for kids ages 4+. We will continue to use the Parents as Teachers resources and have added the Partner for a Healthy Baby curriculum and trainings into our 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, 2022-June 30th, 2023). FIRC aims to serve 42-44 total children this year and 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 0-3.
Parenting Groups, Events, & Workshops
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 Security Parenting model and will begin opening group slots to the public in November of 2022. We will have a registration form available here once we have all dates and details!
Events & Workshops – One of the most valuable learning experiences from our activities is the opportunity to connect with other parents. For instance, giving parents a chance to discuss strategies and challenges that other families are also facing. Workshops and events are offered throughout the year. Please look us up on Facebook or or our Events Calendar for updates on Parenting activities in Summit County. Please contact our Peer Community Supervisor, Patty Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Perinatal & Parenting Consultation & Support
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. Examples of what we can help with include 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 Parenting Support for here for someone to reach out:
Spanish Parenting Support Form
Click below for perinatal and parenting resources!
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.
Through one degree, you can now find all the resources you need to meet your basic needs — from childcare to mental health to food — by text and online on your phones or computers.
Click here to find everything you need in Summit County Or text 844-833-1334 with what you need (e.g. “food” or “housing”).
Please watch to learn how to create your free account:
(You don’t need an account to access resources, it just makes it easier to keep track of what you need)
For questions about parenting programs, contact FIRC.
News & Events
View our recent updates on parenting programs, initiatives, community results, and upcoming events.
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