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CenClear’s Family Centers is now available in Elk County


BIGLER — CenClear is pleased to announce the Family Centers program will now be available in Elk County in addition to Centre and Clearfield counties.

The Family Centers program is a homebased program that follows the Parents as Teachers model.

The program is open to expectant mothers and families with children up to age 5. There ae no income requiremen­ts for this program.

Parent Educators help families build on their strengths and skills. The informatio­n is personaliz­ed to meet each family’s needs, concerns and hopes. It includes two in- person visits a month by parent educators. It also gives parents the opportunit­y to meet other families. Parents are connected with children and parents at biweekly groups where they learn about community events, resources, child developmen­t and health informatio­n. Children are given the opportunit­y to play with other children during these sessions.

Interested in learning more about the programs CenClear provides for young children? Visit us online at www.cenclear. org. For those interested in enrolling in Family Centers call us 1-800-525-5437. There is no cost for this program.

Participan­ts must be a resident of Elk, Centre or Clearfield County. It is open to expectant mothers and families and of children up to 5-yearsold. There are no income requiremen­ts for this program.

CenClear offers Early Head Start, Early Interventi­on, and Preschool. CenClear

also offers Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services to all ages.

CenClear was establishe­d in 1980 to provide Head Start services in Centre and Clearfield County and has worked closely with local school districts and communitie­s ever since to ensure that preschool is available to as many children as possible. CenClear realized all the issues children faced in preschool couldn’t be resolved in a classroom setting. At the time, there were limited options for young children in need of mental health services so CenClear began offering mental health services to all ages. Mental health issues sometimes lead to drugand alcohol issues so it began offering these services as well.

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