What is a Family Resource Center (FRC)?
A place to connect, learn, and grow, together.
A community organization serving all types of families with fun and educational programs and activities, opportunities to meet one another and chances for their children to play together. FRC centers have understanding and knowledgeable staff, who know a lot about parenting and how children develop. They will make you feel welcome, ask you what you want and need for your family and connect you to useful offerings both within the FRC and outside in the community. The goal of an FRC is to help you find the tools and resources you need to keep your family strong and healthy and to be prepared as children grow and change.
- What Makes Family Resource Centers Unique?
- Who Are Family Resource Centers For?
- What Activities and Resources are Available?
Everything that an FRC does is designed to build upon one or more of the Five Strengths.
While other parenting education options and children’s activities exist in many communities, Family Resource Center’s services are centered around proven approaches to help parents and caregivers:
- Teach children how to understand their feelings
- Feel prepared for new challenges as children grow
- Connect with other families and share lived experiences
- Build inner strength and resiliency
- Recognize their family’s needs and guide them to find help
These approaches bring families into warm, engaging spaces to connect with other families and learn from each other in a no-stress environment. Families walk away feeling enriched and connected to others, able to share their families’ strengths with their communities.
“‘I can figure this out. I can cope. I can make it.’ That’s all developed through relationship, whether that be through relationship with a Parent Educator who is warm and trusting and unconditional, or whether it’s developed through that affirmation from other parents who are in that same situation.”
Angela, Family Resource Center Leadership
Family Resource Centers embrace all families!
Family Resource Centers promote an inclusive and holistic definition of family, embracing any adult providing care to a child in their life. Activities and services are available for children from birth to toddler to teen. You’ll also find connections and support for singles, co-parenting couples, same-sex parents, multigenerational families, foster families, and more.
“We’re here for parenting, regardless of what that looks like or how you define it.”
– Tricia, Family Resource Center Leadership
What do Family Resource Centers Offer?
- Parent-child play groups for parents and children to learn age-appropriate games, crafts, songs or activities and get to know other families
- Open or free play spaces
- Classes and workshops
- Fun family events
- Help with monitoring development and connection to supports if a child needs assistance catching up
- Toy and activity lending libraries
- One-on-one services
- Connection to additional community resources outside the Family Resource Centers
“When we hear parents say things like, ‘Oh okay, let’s meet tomorrow at the park’,’as they’re walking out of play group, how powerful is that? Those two parents probably didn’t know each other a year ago or six months ago.”
-Virginia, Family Resource Center Leadership
Wisconsin Family Resource Centers
Use this map to find a FRC near you. If you don’t have an FRC in your community, reach out to the closest one. Sometimes FRCs have virtual offerings or satellite programming in surrounding areas. It is also important to be aware that FRCs in Wisconsin are all unique and don’t offer the same type, quality or availability of services.