CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
Most infants and young children grow and develop through receiving general services and supports that include quality child care and education experiences. Their families represent their first and most important nurturers, protectors, and teachers and can generally get them to the public services they need.
At the same time, some children and families have needs that require more concerted, intensive, and individualized responses, often involving specialized professional care.
Family support includes efforts such as home visiting, parent education, family literacy, income and workforce support. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. Ensuring that parents have sufficient support to provide nurturing homes and meet basic needs is essential to children’s development.