Strong Start empowers families through early childhood services and family support. The program is for parents of children five years of age and younger who are experiencing multiple stressors in their lives. Our focus is on building successful and resilient children through strengthening parents and preserving families.
Therapeutic Early Childhood Program
This program includes an on-site classroom coupled with educational home visits that focus on increasing positive behaviors in children, social emotional development, problem solving and communication. Because of family stress, children who participate in the therapeutic classroom are often developmentally delayed or act out to such an extent that they are being expelled from traditional daycare settings.
Parent education is at the core of all Strong Start’s services. Parents learn how to increase positive behaviors in children and use appropriate strategies to decrease children’s challenging behaviors.
Strong Start strives to be there for the families who need us. Immediate crisis intervention and services for vulnerable families include immediate crisis assistance, parenting education and support, home and community visits, scheduled respite services, community resource referral, child developmental screenings and neighborhood networking.
Mental Health Services
Understanding the mental health concerns of parents and children is an important element of prevention. Strong Start staff work to meet the mental health needs of both children and parents through mental health assessments, assistance accessing counselling services as needed, individual skills development, group skills development and in-home therapeutic services.
In addition to strengthening families and decreasing parental stress through programs like parenting classes and our Parent Support Specialist, Strong Start also provides other services that work to limit stress on the family on an as-needed basis.
Contact Strong Start
Abigail Sharp, Senior Director
If you or someone you know is interested in Strong Start Services, please fill out our online referral form or download a pdf version.
Strong Start is part of Project HOPES, a parent education collaborative in Travis and Williamson Counties.