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Parent Support Circles

Parent Support Circles - Los Angeles County

Congratulations to First5 LA, Children's Institute, Inc. and all community partners for the successful completion of over 100 parent-led support groups in Los Angeles County!

Parent Support Circles of Los Angeles County (PSCLAC) is a county-wide initiative to improve support among parents of children up to age 5, particularly those in underserved communities.

PSCLAC is a 3 year program funded by First5LA. The lead agency is Children’s Institute, Inc. For this project, Family Focus Resource Center serves Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

The goals of the project are:

  • increase social connections
  • reduce isolation
  • increase parenting knowledge
  • raise awareness and use of community resources

For this program, we will:

  • train peer support group leaders
  • establish 20 peer-led Parent Support Groups in our District
  • partner with local agencies to ensure sustainability

Over the three years of PSC, we have completed the following accomplishments:

Year 1 - completed 2 support groups

Year 2 - completed 8 support groups

Year 3 - completed 6 support groups with 6 more in process; will complete a total of 12 by June 2016

Update: At the closing of the grant cycle on June 30, 2016, Family Focus met the goal of 20 groups and completed a total of 24 unique parent-led support groups in Los Angeles supervisorial districts 3 and 5!

For more information about Parent Support Circles, please contact Emily Weible.