If you ask Pamela McFadden how she feels about being a part of HumanKind’s Therapeutic Foster Care program (TFC), she’ll tell you she’s learned a lot and gained a family—but she hasn’t always felt that way.
Many parents sending a child to school for the first time could use the support and guidance of someone trained and trusted to help them along the way. Every child is unique and parents face a lot of new and sometimes unexpected pressure when enrolling a child in preschool. Having additional support from someone who understands both the family and the child’s needs can make a big difference as parents learn how to partner with teachers and school administrators. Through HumanKind’s Family-Education Partnership (FEP), families have a reliable resource for support and advice while learning skills to help each child be successful in school.
Family-Education Partnership is a home visiting program that utilizes the Growing Great Kids curriculum to support and encourage families with preschool children. The FEP staff will meet with each family in the home twice per month and will assist them in identifying and working towards goals developed by both the family and the FEP staff. The program also serves as a bridge between families and the school system. Once enrolled in the program, the FEP staff are able to continue working with families through the first grade, providing ongoing support along the way.
Any family with a child enrolled in the Lynchburg City School’s Pre-K program may participate. The program is free of charge and does not require Medicaid or other forms of insurance.
This program is funded through an Education Readiness Initiative grant from the United Way of Central Virginia. You can learn more about United Way’s Education Readiness programs here.
To learn more about Lynchburg City School’s Pre-K program, click here.
To learn more about ensuring your child’s readiness for Kindergarten, click here.
For more information on Family-Education Partners, or to make a referral, please contact us at
(434) 485-8131 or email us at FEP@humankind.org.