Pa. Family Centers recognized by Flynn resolution

HARRISBURG, April 12 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution (H.R. 801) sponsored by Rep. Marty Flynn designating the week of April 17, 2016, as Pennsylvania Family Center Network Week.

Pennsylvania Family Centers are early childhood, parent education, and family support programs serving families throughout pregnancy until their child is 5 years old.

“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 academic success, and increasing family involvement in the community,” said Flynn, D-Lackawanna.

Pennsylvania invests over $3 million of state funds in 43 family centers throughout the state. Over 60 percent of Pennsylvania’s population lives in the 28 counties served by family centers, of which half are rural and half are urban, and 65 percent of the families served by family centers are considered high-risk due to low educational attainment, poverty or disability.

All Pennsylvania family centers participate in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program.  PAT’s mission is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. This program is federally recognized as an evidence-based model program and meets rigorous standards for effectiveness.

“All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic or economic considerations,” Flynn said.