The Family Tree Child Development Center provides safe and high-quality child care and early childhood education to families living at SAFE who have endured violence/abuse. Many have also experienced homelessness and poverty. Since it opened in 2001, the Family Tree has addressed the vital need of these families for specialized, skilled child care and early childhood education. Family Tree services are provided year-round, Monday–Friday, from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., to children who are three months to five years old.
Parents learn how to encourage their children’s learning and growth, and receive support regarding parenting, information about their child’s development and other key topics. Because the center serves families from different backgrounds and experiences, self-regulation and social skills vary among the children. Children who experienced trauma benefit by having a stable environment to increase their feelings of safety and their ability to connect with peers. Additionally, children with little to no trauma in their background develop stronger skills in problem-solving, empathy, acceptance, and community.