ADVOCACY

Families First

Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Events

Learn the Early Intervention system and become an active participant in your child's team.

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  • January 17, 2019 (snow date 1-31-19)
    Transitions to Preschool to Kindergarten
    - What supports, services, and interventions are available for my child and what is the process?
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Family Support Services
    5548 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19139

  • February 20, 2019 Transitions Session
    Transitions into Preschool Early Intervention and into Kindergarten
    - What supports, services and interventions are available for my child and what is the process?
    10 AM - 1 PM
    Partnership for Community Supports
    9360 Ashton Rd.
    Philadelphia, PA 19114
    Register for Transitions session on February 1

  • March 14, 2019 Transitions Session
    Transitions into Preschool Early Intervention and into Kindergarten
    - What supports, services and interventions are available for my child and what is the process?
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Tabor Children Services
    57 East Armat Street (entrance on Kenyon St.)
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    Register for Transitions session on March 14

  • March 21, 2019 Transitions Session
    Transition to Kindergarten
    - Learn reading, writing and math interventions; supports for your child in kindergarten and beyond
    6 PM - 8 PM
    Community Behavioral Health
    801 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Register for Transition session on March 21

  • April 2, 2019
    Creating a Vision for Your Child -
    How to build on your child's strengths so his or her full potential is reached
    10 AM - 12 PM
    Tabor Services
    57 East Armat Street (entrance on Kenyon St.)
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • April 11, 2019
    Challenging Behaviors

    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Family Support Services
    5548 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19139

  • April 29, 2019 Transitions Session
    Transition to Kindergarten
    - What to expect for my child with behavioral challenges or autism
    5:30 PM - 8 PM
    SEEDLINGS
    3300 Henry Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19129
    Register for Transition session on April 29

  • April 30, 2019
    Community Resources for Special Needs

    10 AM - 12 PM
    Tabor Services
    57 East Armat Street (entrance on Kenyon St.)
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • May 9, 2019 Transitions Session
    Transition Brunch
    - A panel of professionals and parents will discuss transitioning
    10 AM - 12:30 PM
    Elwyn SEEDS
    4025 Chestnut Street #2
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    Register for Transition Brunch on May 9

  • May 16, 2019 Transitions Session
    Understanding Evaluations and Reevaluations
    - What different testing measures mean for your child; how to be an active part of this process
    5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Resources for Human Development
    4700 Wissahickon Avenue Suite #126
    Philadelphia, PA 19144
    Register for Understanding Evaluations on May 16

About Families First


Parents who attended Families First told us:

"I discovered the importance of developing a vision and goals for my child."

"The whole class was enlightening and motivated me tremendously."

"Families First is a group of parents that talk to you like they are in your family."

Families First is a free empowerment training on the basics of early intervention in the Philadelphia school system.

All families receiving early intervention services in Philadelphia are welcome.


Families First Offers You:

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  • Direction on how to be an effective member of the Early Intervention Team.
  • A chance to meet other families with children who receive services.
  • Information to help you be confident as an equal member in your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Family Services Plan (IFSP).

Reimbursement of child care costs (to qualified participants only).

Refreshments and PRIZES!

It's Free - but please RSVP!
(Advance registration is required for Spanish sessions and child care needs.)

Sessions in other language upon request.

To register or for more information, contact:

Cathy Roccia-Meier, Training Coordinator
Institute on Disabilities
Email: cathyRM@temple.edu
Voice: 215-204-1772
TTY: 215-204-1805

Families First was developed and is taught by parents of children in Early Intervention, in partnership with nationally recognized professionals.

Sponsored by:
Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Elwyn SEEDS (Special Education for Early Developmental Success), and The Philadelphia Interagency Coordinating Council (PICC).

Conducted by:
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education



Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service