EOTC promotes child development and strengthens families through early child screenings, pre-kindergarten activities, parenting classes and intervention for families with critical needs. For information, contact the EOTC Scranton Area Family Center at 348-6484.
Parents as Teachers/Early Head Start
Parents as Teachers is the flagship curriculum for Pennsylvania Family Centers. Certified specialists work with parents during the early critical years of their children’s lives, from conception to kindergarten. Parents as Teachers home visits emphasize positive parenting, school readiness, and overall family well-being. Activities include guided parent-child interaction, healthy development screenings, and information/referral.
Through a grant from Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund, EOTC offers intensive case management services to assist Parents as Teachers participants exhibiting critical needs.
Play & Learn Group
This weekly early learning program for young children and their parents encourages socialization and experiential learning through play. Group sessions focus on early literacy and child development, and address relevant parenting topics. The program is funded entirely by local donors.
One of the biggest challenges facing parents is to help their children handle strong emotions, particularly negative ones like frustration and anger. The research-based Incredible Years® curriculum helps parents foster their child’s confidence, problem solving abilities and learning skills. Three distinct programs are available to address typical child behavior concerns as well as specialized needs such as autism and hyperactivity.
Parents/caretakers of children ages 3-12 are invited to register by calling 348-6484. EOTC offers meals, transportation and childcare to participants.
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance
EOTC/Scranton Area Family Center is affiliated with Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, the state’s leading provider of training on how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect.
EOTC works with other state, national and local organizations to promote the safety and well-being of children through research-based prevention and education models. Cost-benefit analyses by the Penn State Prevention Research Center and other researchers reflect that, for every $1.00 spent on high-quality programs, taxpayers receive savings related to child health, education, substance abuse and crime. Penn State researchers found an estimated average return of up to $12 million per community for a single program funded by Pennsylvania taxpayers – from $54 to nearly $80,000 per youth over time.