Family Centers recognized by Flynn resolution

HARRISBURG, April 21 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution sponsored by Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, designating April 19-25 as Pennsylvania Family Center Network Week.

The Family Center network serves nearly 5,000 families in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program and hundreds more families with supportive services. Sixty-five percent of the families served are considered high risk due to low educational attainment, poverty or disability.

“Today, we make clear -- our belief and our commitment that all young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed -- regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations,” Flynn told a group of parents and children attending a Capitol rally to request more funding for the program, including several people from Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

“Parents as Teachers' vision is that all children will learn, grow and develop to reach their full potential – and the House of Representatives recognizes that the early years of life are critical for optimal development that will provide the foundation for success in both school and in life.”

More than 60 percent of Pennsylvania’s population lives in the 28 counties served by family centers, in urban, rural and suburban communities and Family Center services are tailored to the resources and needs of each of the communities served.

Family Centers promote the protective factors that keep families strong by increasing parent knowledge and practices, providing early detection of developmental delays and health issues, preventing child abuse and neglect, increasing children's school readiness and school success and increasing family involvement in the community.

The commonwealth invests more than $3 million in 43 family centers throughout the state.