The Sunshine Project
A preschool inclusion program funded by local North Carolina Smart Start, provides interventions to childcare center staff and parents of children with disabilities or at risk of disabilities. Last year, FIRST served 101 children in 38 different centers with 84% of staff trained meet their goals of the trainings.
The Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Class
With funding from Smart Start and partnering with the local YWCA for location and childcare, is open to families who find their child’s behavior challenging. This research based program having been offered for four years, has been proven effective as an empowerment process for parents and has improved outcomes for their children. Last year, 14 parents completed 11 of 14 sessions which impacted 19 children age 3 to 5 years.
PLAY Autism Intervention – The P.L.A.Y. Project
A research based program, trains parents to provide the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation of 25 hours per week of intensive interventions to their young child with autism. FIRST has secured scholarship funds enabling more families to benefit from the yearlong training program. After participating in P.L.A.Y. Project, All parents improved that their forming relationship and two way communication skills and all children improved in their behavioral organization skills. Since starting the program in 2009, 49 families have participated in the parent training program.
Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC)
Funded by Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program goal of CPRC is to ensure that families acquire the tools to access better opportunities for their children, with a particular focus on rural and Latino families. F.I.R.S.T. will work directly with families to train and support parents to participate meaningfully in decisions during IEP and IFSP meetings and about available early invention services and research based programs. Last year, F I R S T has worked with 243 families, attended 82 school based meetings, provided 4 targeted parent leadership groups and collaborated with mulitple community organizations. The services were deemed to be useful by 90% target audiences improve educational or early intervention practice.