Increased Service Coordination
TLC currently partners with FUSD’s Summit High School and the Teenage Parent Program, offering TLC’s Family Development Couse as a dual-enrollment course. Teenage parents who complete the program earn both high school and college-credit through Coconino Community College. Most of the teen’s infants and toddlers are receiving quality early care through Flagstaff Early Head Start.
With funding from the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, TLC initiated an Early Education Community Engagement Strategy (EECES) in Flagstaff in 2015. This strategy brought together five partners to achieve a common mission, building on each family’s knowledge and strengths to cultivate family practices that nurture early brain development, enrich home learning environments, and engage families in their community through an integrated service delivery model.
The established EECES has engaged 24 parents in TLC’s Family Development Course and provided their preschool age children access to full day, quality preschool at Killip EmPACT Preschool and Flagstaff Cooperative Preschool throughout the academic year. In addition, The Literacy Center provides parents Family Literacy training and Coconino County’s Innovation and Development Office educates parents on supporting math and science development at home.