Preventive Services: Family Centers

Pennsylvania's Family Centers

Building Strong Families and Strong Communities

For nearly a decade, Pennsylvania's Family Centers have integrated and provided community services to help families become healthier, better educated and self-sufficient. Family Centers help parents:

  • Learn about their children's development.
  • Engage in parent education and child development activities.
  • Access health care information as well as assistance regarding health care services and insurance.
  • Access education, training and employment information.
  • Receive information and assistance on other community resources, such as well-baby care, immunizations and early intervention services.

Since each Family Center takes a unique approach to meeting their community's needs, not all services are available in every center. However, Family Center services may include:

  • Adult Education
  • Job Training and Placement
  • Language Skills
  • Literacy Programs
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Parenting Skills Programs
  • Child Health and Development Screenings
  • Family Activities
  • Toy and Book Lending Libraries
  • Child Care Programs
  • Summer and After-School Activities
  • The Parents As Teachers (PAT) Program (This program is for families with children who are birth to five years of age.)

Family Center Facts

  • There are 32 state-funded Family Centers in Pennsylvania.
  • Twelve are school-based, and 20 are community-based centers.
  • Family Centers are located in 28 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties and include 62 sites.

Almost 60 percent of Pennsylvania's population lives in counties served by Family Centers.

Find a Parents as Teachers affiliate program near you.