TLC Family Development Course
TLC’s Family Development course was piloted in 2012 with young parents ages 16-21 years attending Flagstaff’s alternative high schools. After established success and a call for additional inclusion, TLC expanded to community sessions open to Killip Elementary, a Title I school, parents in 2013.
TLC’s adaptable 30-60 hour Family Development Course focuses on increasing families’ knowledge and understanding of the significant impact primary relationships and healthy family dynamics have on early brain development. Our course encourages families to share cultural beliefs, build on strengths, and widen their support networks.
Parents explore topics such as early brain development, relationships, discipline, health and safety; as well as, innovative topics such as financial literacy and quality education (for both adult and child) through open discussion, small group experiences and personal reflection. TLC’s family development curriculum is strengthened by local guest speakers not only sharing expert knowledge in specialized fields but connecting parents to the community at large. Each class concludes with time for parents to share quality time with their child, develop a sense of community with other parents with young children and reflect on curriculum concepts.
As a means of ongoing family and educational support, all families are referred to the following local programs: Early Head Start/Head Start, Home Visiting Programs (ex: Healthy Families, Parents As Teachers, Health Start, Tribal Programs), WIC, Dolly Pardon Imagination Library, Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth (CCCY) Children and Families Resource Directory, AZ Birth to Five Helpline and Zero to Three’s “Baby to Big Kid Newsletter”. Parents are also encouraged to participate in their community by visiting the public libraries, local parks, and community family events.