The Family Support Project partners Working For Kids: Building Skills™ with Family Care Connection (FCC), a family support program operated by the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, in running a community-based educational intervention for young children to provide the types of experiences that promote healthy brain development, allowing children to reach their full potential. Five locations of FCC involved in the Family Support Project are FCC Braddock, FCC Rankin, FCC Turtle Creek, FCC Hilltop and FCC Lawrenceville.
There are two parts to the Family Support Project: (1) the training program to help teach the whole community (i.e., parents and other adults, child care workers, preschool teachers, senior citizens, youth) effective strategies for teaching young children skills needed to foster success in life, and (2) a skills and health evaluation program that works with various community organizations who have instituted our training program to evaluate the success of the training program in improving children's skill development and health.
The “teaching” tools for teaching social-emotional, language, and problem-solving skills, critical to young children’s social-emotional and cognitive development, consist of fun, engaging games and activities proven to facilitate healthy brain development. Research indicates that such an approach can have positive outcomes not only for the young children but also for the youth, adults and senior citizens involved in this process. Our skills and health evaluation process tracks the impact of our training program on the skills and health of all involved.
This intervention facilitates the development of communities where young children thrive and develop the social-emotional and important cognitive skills that will allow them to do well in school and in life!
John Wallace, Ph.D.
President of the Board, Homewood Children's Village
Pastor, Homewood Bible Center Church
Professor of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
Shannah Tharp Gilliam, Ph.D.
Interim President & CEO, Homewood Children's Village
Walter Lewis, M.S.
Manager, Bridge to College
Becky Mercatoris, M.P.P.N.
Homewood Early Learning Network
Judy Cameron, PhD – Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Stress responsivity, neuroplasticity during development and aging
Tom Akiva, PhD – Education, University of Pittsburgh
Informal education programs for teens
Martica Hall, PhD – Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Sleep in community populations
Jeanette Trauth, PhD – Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Evaluation of community programs
Neal Ryan, MD – Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Child Mental Health
Dana Bovbjerg, PhD – Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Immune function in response to stress
Meryl Butters, Ph.D. – Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Cognitive function changes with aging
Junlei Li, Ph.D. - Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College
Early childhood learning
Jennifer Brach, Ph.D., P.T. -- Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh