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).
Program Schedule as of October 2022
WE ARE BACK IN-PERSON!
Mondays – 10:30am-12:00pm Facilitated in English and Spanish (all languages welcome)
Wednesdays – 10:30am-12:00pm Facilitated in English and Spanish (all languages welcome)
Thursdays – 10:30am-12:00pm Facilitated in Spanish (all languages welcome)
Location: Center for Human Services 17018 15th Ave NE Shoreline, WA 98155
We ask that participants 5 years old and older wear masks regardless of vaccination status to maintain safety while COVID is still a valid concern in the community.
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.
For increased accessibility we offer our classes virtually via Zoom.
Below is the virtual series we are currently enrolling participants for.
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.
Enroll to engage in a way that works best for you. We offer one on one appointments and monlthy group gatherings at our Shoreline location (170th & 15th).
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:
Homework Factory Program
for youth residents K-12th grade
K-5th graders – Tuesdays 3:30 -5:30pm
K-12th graders – Wednesdays 1:30 -5:00pm
6th-12th graders – Thursdays 2:30 – 5:00pm
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
We encourage Ballinger Homes residents to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for current programming updates and information.
Community Outreach Program
In partnership with City of Shoreline & City of Bothell, we have Bilingual Community Outreach Specialists on staff that will work with residents of these cities to engage in a process to explore the social determinants of health & vital conditions that impact their family health & well-being. Through this process our staff can support families with addressing the impacts of COVID-19 through a case management process that can include referrals to resources, navigating benefit systems and potential financial relief in the areas of housing, utilities, food and transportation.*
Residents of Bothell or Shoreline who are seeking support with recovery of the financial, emotional and physcial impacts of COVID-19. We ask participants of this service to engage in the following activities:
- Enroll as a participant by completing a registration form
- Show proof of residency and identification
- Engage in a screening/assessment of the Social Determinants of Health/Vital Conditions
- Complete a survey regarding the impact of the support recieved.
*Funding is limited and financial support is not guaranteed.
Program Staff Contacts (English & Spanish language)
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.