Family SupportAccess diverse resources and learning opportunities, while making community connections.
What We Do
The Family Support Department provides a variety of programs and services focused on supporting families and individuals in strengthening their protective factors and building resilience. We strive to provide welcoming and culturally responsive services that promote prevention, well-being and community connections.
Programs and Services
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program
Parents, caregivers, and children 0-5 years old are invited to come play, create and learn during this facilitated play time. Activities include art projects, story time, free play and parent/caregiver education opportunities. Groups are free and open to children and adults of all abilities.
All are welcome. Appropriate for families with children 0-5. Adult must be present with child(ren).
Due to COVID-19, we are not hosting any in-person groups at this time. Below is information on how you can connect with this program online using Facebook and Zoom.
We invite you to join us virtually to stay connected to Early Learning and Parent/Caregiver education and resources until our groups resume. Join our CHS Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Facebook group. Click here!
Positive Discipline for Families Program
The Positive Discipline for Families Program is a series of 8 weekly classes (facilitated in English and Spanish) for parents/caregivers who want more cooperative and respectful relationships with their children. Through this program participants can learn tools to:
- Be more effective as a parent and have fun in the process
- Discipline with kindness and firmness at the same time
- Raise responsible and respectful children
- Strengthen your social support network
- Reduce your stress and strengthen your family’s resilience.
The courses are facilitated by certified Positive Discipline Association educators.
Focus population for these classes are parents/caregivers with at least one child under the age of 6.
Due to COVID-19 we are not offering any in-person classes at this time. Below are ways to connect with this program through Facebook and access any online workshops/classes as they are scheduled.
Kinship Caregiver Support Program
Support groups and services that respond to the unique challenges and experiences of Kinship Caregivers and those playing the vital role of raising their relative’s children.
Any adult who is in the position of guardian (formally or informally) of a relative’s child 0-18 years of age.
How to access service
Contact the program staff to set up an initial one on one appointment to create a support plan and enroll in the support group.
The support group is scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month 10am-12pm. Schedule is subject to change.
Program Staff Contact
Out of School Time Program
In partnership with King County Housing Authority, we provide a variety of Out of School Time activities for youth residents of Ballinger Homes in Shoreline. Activities are focused on academic and social emotional learning and development.
Youth residents living at Ballinger Homes in Kindergarten – 12th grade who would like to receive afterschool academic support and engage in leadership and enrichment activities that strengthen positive and pro-social skill development and learning.
The Out of School Program generally operates the following days and times. Please contact the Program Coordinator for specific information:
School Year Programming (September – June)
Middle School Mondays Program – for youth residents 6th – 8th grade
Homework Factory Program
for youth residents K-12th grade
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm
Summer Programming (July – August)
Camp Ballinger – for youth residents K – 12th grade (K-8th grade are participants and 9th – 12th graders are in a leadership position and earn community service hours)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Clothing Exchange – donations of children’s clothing birth – age 6 are accepted and available to the public at our Shoreline location 17018 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA 98155.