Atlantic Street Center Programs
The Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program is a home-based program for parents and their 2- and 3-year-old children that promotes language development and school readiness through the use of books and toys. Trained home visitors visit families twice a week and lead sessions with the child and parent using books and toys that the home visitor brings and the family keeps. Services are complemented by Play & Learn groups, which reinforce the home-based program and provide the essential experience of learning through play.
Case managers work one-on-one with children and families to help them identify needs and create action plans for positive changes. Therapists provide mental health counseling for youth and their families who are dealing with difficult issues such as depression, trauma recovery, unstable life situations, domestic violence, loss, and abuse. Counseling services are available to any youth/family participating in our services and to the community.
Our purpose is to increase the personal, academic, and social skills youth need to be successful in life. Services include:
- Academic support (tutoring, homework help, summer school)
- Service Learning, including community service projects to encourage youth to give back to the community
- Social/Leadership Development Skills, which consists of structured activities and support groups to help youth develop their social skills, leadership potential and social responsibility.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Atlantic Street Center is proud to be the recipient of the following awards:
- Neighborhood Excellence - Neighborhood Builders' Award, Bank of America
- Social Work Agency of the Year, presented by the National Association of Social Workers, Washington State Chapter and
- The Families Count Award, National Honors Program, presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
We need funding for our Teens as Parents Program. This program serves at-risk teenage parents, many of whom are homeless. The overarching goal of this program is to ensure that all participants graduate from high school or earn their GED while also gaining the parenting and life skills they need to be stable and responsible parents. In addition to helping participants complete high school or get their GED, the program also helps participants find stable housing, access resources for other basic needs such as food, medical care, and clothing, and secure employment or enroll in higher education—all while helping them gain the skills they need to be loving, responsible and successful parents.
Recent outcomes for active program participants:
- 100% have either stayed in school or earned their high school diploma/GED.
- 95% have increased their knowledge of their parental role and responsibilities and age-appropriate child development and behavior
We are seeking to expand this program because demand continues to grow at a fast rate and we are unable to meet participant needs with our current resources. We are in need of donations to assist in the expansion of the program to better meet the needs of our participants.