Children's Services

Family Center of Bedford County

Family Center of Bedford County

The Family Center is for anyone expecting a child or families who have a child from birth to school age. The Center provides ways for you and your child to be involved together in special activities or parent-child events. These activities will also help you to improve your parenting skills. There are opportunities to meet and share experiences with other parents, and home visits are available to support the growth and development of your child.

Family Center services are free to the community and activities occur at various locations throughout Bedford County.

Family Center offers the following:

• Individualized home visits
• Group activities for parents and their children
• Group sessions for teen parents
• Family support, information and referrals
• Parenting educational opportunities
• Preschool developmental screenings and referrals
• Healthy snacks
• Book, toy and video lending library

Prenatal & Infant Services:

Having a baby is one of the most important events in your life. It makes you a parent and a teacher. For expectant parents, Family Center offers helpful ideas and information about coping with this new change in your life. Our friendly Family Center staff can provide support and assistance on topics such as health and wellness, good nutrition, nursing your baby, immunizations and stages of child development.

Our Mission:

Family Center is dedicated to helping parents improve the educational achievements of their children as well as the quality of life for their family. We encourage parents to develop positive parenting skills and nurture their personal development and self-esteem, plus that of their children. We strive to give families a sense of hope, belief in themselves, experiences of success and access to resources that facilitate constructive growth.

The Family Center is committed to providing quality early childhood services and believes that parents play a very important role in the growth and development of their children. We value their inclusion as part of the educational team.

Family Center is a partnership of the Unified Family Services System Collaborative Project and ALSM. Efforts are supported by grants through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Bedford County United Way and local community contributions.