There is a wide range of resources that are available to parents, child care providers, and interested community members that wish to learn more about what York County First Steps can provide as well as how they may be able to help children in their family and their community.
Resources for Child Care Providers
- Schedule of Training Opportunities
- Documents for Quality Enhancement Grant Request
- Early Childhood Advocates of York County (ECA of YC). The mission of the ECA of YC is to serve and act on behalf of all young children with respect to their overall development and well-being, and to advocate for the highest quality in early childhood education. The group meets 3rd Thursday of the month September – November and January – May (with the exception of April). If training is included the meeting is from 10:00 – 12:00. The first meeting for the 2013-2014 academic year is 10:00 – 12:00, September 19, at the Field of Dreams Baxter location. For further information please contact one of the officers:
Resources for Parents and Grandparents
- Typical Child Development Phases chart from 4 months to 30 months
- Typical Health and Educational milestones for Preschool Children
- Suggestions for Strengthening a Child’s Literacy Skills
Resources for the Community
- Community Based Literacy Initiative
- Work with community and faith-based organizations that serve at risk populations to provide age appropriate books, parental coaching, and direction on how to increase the literacy based activities, at home and at the organization, for at risk children before they enter school.
Free Medical Clinics
Through the partnership with The Early Learning Partnership, free medical services are provided at the four Family Resource Centers located in York County. They are open one day a week at each of the Family Resource Centers and serve all children that do not have access to Medicaid or other health care services.
This partnership has been forged over many years and includes the free services of several local pediatricians that have dedicated one day a week to see children that would not have access to care otherwise. The location of the medical clinics within the Family Resource Centers provides an ideal service delivery model for a community by hosting a number of early childhood service providers at one central hub location.
The purpose of providing the medical services is to provide the children with an opportunity to grow up healthy by having the access to needed immunizations, screenings, and prescriptions when they are sick. Untreated illnesses can create lifelong weaknesses that can translate into learning disabilities. Routine visits to trained professionals can catch a potential disability early enough to make a difference.
- Address the immediate need of the child.
- Provide any needed referral to additional services and interventions as needed.
- Work to steer the family toward finding a suitable medical home within the community if possible.
The Family Resource Centers provide the foundational base for accessing the target population of families without Private Medical Insurance of Medicaid. In many cases language is a barrier and the Centers have access to interpreters as needed from the Medical and Parent Educators located within the Centers.
100% of the families meet TANF and/or SNAP eligibility requirements along with a range of additional risk factors to the child’s chances of being ready when they enter school.
Family Resource Medical Centers
The Family Resource Centers provide a base for accessing the target population of families without Private Medical Insurance of Medicaid. In many cases language is a barrier and the Centers have access to interpreters as needed from the Medical and Parent Educators located within the Centers. 100% of the families meet TANF and/or SNAP eligibility requirements along with a range of additional risk factors to the child’s chances of being ready when they enter school.