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.
Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Class
With funding from Buncombe Partnership for Children and NC Children's Trust Fund, 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.
The Sunshine Project
A preschool inclusion program funded by Buncombe Partnership for Children provides interventions to childcare center staff and parents of children with disabilities or at risk of disabilities.
PLAY Project - Autism Intervention
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 can bill Medicaid for this service for children with an ASD diagnosis. 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.