Circle of Parents
CIRCLES OF PARENTS is an evidence based parent support and leadership training that meets on regular basis with funding from NC Children’s Trust Fund. FIRST currently has 2 groups in community - parents with young children, Spanish speaking families and an online group for foster/adopt parent.
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 about available early invention services and research based programs.
Incredible Years Parenting Groups
THE INCREDIBLE YEARS BASIC PARENTING CLASS with funding from Buncombe Partnership for Children (formerly Smart Start) and NC Children’s Trust Fund, partnering with local churches or agencies for location and childcare, is open to families that want support to improve outcomes with their children with challenging behaviors in Buncombe and Madison Counties. Groups are for families with chlildern that are both Preschool and School Age.
Innovation Waiver Services
Individually designed supports for you and your family. Parent, family and other natural supports are the only constant in anyone’s life and many are the last to receive the help they need to support their loved one. F I R S T has created a program that has a goal to do just that. As parents for children, youth and adults with disabilities, we understand your needs and concerns. By using a team approach when appropriate, F I R S T hopes to address your concerns and improve the outcomes for persons with disabilities live the life they want. Contact for Community Guide/Navigator Services, Specialized Consultative Services or Natural Supports Education.
PADRES en ACCION
Parents in Action aims to help Spanish speaking families who have a child with autism learn about autism, different services and how to access them, and strategies for improving overall child behaviors. Our promotora received special training and is a native Spanish speaker.
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 usually up to the age of 8. FIRST has secured scholarship funds enabling more families to benefit from the yearlong training program.