ADVOCACY

Families First

Fall/Winter 2018-2019 Events

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

Children playing outdoors together

  • October 11, 2018
    Is it SENSORY or is it BEHAVIOR?

    Learn the differences—because if you aren't looking at the right cause, the intervention may not work. Develop techniques to help your child build self-control and increase his or her attention span. Explore hands-on sensory materials. Create visual supports for behavior—make it, take it!

    5:30 PM - 8 PM
    Seedlings
    3300 Henry Avenue
    Philadelphia 19129

    Conducted simultaneously in English and Spanish.

    For Spanish or on-site childcare you must register by October 4.

  • November 8, 2018
    Play Pen Zen

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

  • December 4, 2018
    Transitions to Preschool to Kindergarten
    - What supports, services, and interventions are available for my child and what is the process?
    10 AM - 12 PM
    Tabor Services
    57 East Armat Street (entrance on Kenyon St.)
    Philadelphia, PA 19144

  • 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

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

  • 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 30, 2019
    Community Resources for Special Needs

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

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:

PHOTO: Bright-eyed older baby girl
  • 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