Family Connection of Easton, Inc.

aka Family Connection   |   Easton, PA   |  www.familyconnectionofeaston.org

Mission

Family Connection is a catalyst for change within families, schools, and the community. Through a team approach that incldues families, the Easton Area School Distrct, and community organizations, we improve academic performance, the quality of life, and the strength of our community.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Carolyn Serva

Main address

c/o Cheston Elementary School 723 Coal St

Easton, PA 18042 USA

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EIN

20-4934762

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Personal Social Services (P50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Parents Who Care

Parents Who Care is a family bonding and wellness program that builds on families’ strengths, develops positive parenting skills, and promotes family fun activities to improve the quality of life for children and families in Easton.  Parents and caregivers meet in small groups with a facilitator using the Active Parenting Now video series to initiate discussion about each family’s individual strengths and challenges. Weekly group sessions include discussion, questions and answers, and sharing experiences.

Workshop topics include:
•Taking care of YOU, the caregiver
•Stress management
•Communicating with your child
•What your child needs to succeed

During the parenting group, children participate in recreation and fitness activities.

Upon completion of the program, families receive  a special reward to encourage the continuation of family fun time and wellness activities.

Parents Who Care is designed for parents and caregivers of children aged 5 through 12.  All families in the Easton Area School District are welcome.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Family Connection’s family support staff builds dynamic relationships with school staff, families, and the community to ensure that families have the information and support needed to be effective and engaged partners in the school community.  To help ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve academic and personal success, we:
‣attend parent-teacher conferences and other school meetings at the request of parents and school staff
‣educate parents about school policies and procedures
‣inform parents of their rights and their child’s rights
‣facilitate positive communication between parents and school staff

We also enhance the school community by linking schools to local and regional community services and resources, hosting and supporting family nights, supplementing school-initiated programs and events, and providing support for school-based health care services.

Family Connection also supports families beyond the school walls.  We connect families to resources including:
‣Tutoring, after school, and other academic support programs for children
‣Child care services
‣Adult education programs including GED and ESL classes
‣Employment opportunities
‣Transportation
‣Food Stamps and WIC
‣Food banks
‣Clothing
‣Furniture
‣Safe, affordable housing
‣Utility assistance
‣Health care
‣Counseling services
‣Health insurance

Population(s) Served
Adults

ParentChild+ is an innovative, home-based literacy program that prepares children and families for school success.  Children between 18 months and three years old who live in the Easton Area School District sending area are eligible to enroll in the program.

Our family literacy specialists visit participants’ homes twice a week for two years.  During each visit, our staff use books, toys, and games to model for the parent or caregiver how to help their child learn how to read, count, and identify objects.  Families keep the educational materials so that learning continues in the home after the visit is over. 

In addition to home visits, students and their families explore the community as a group by visiting  places such as the library, fire station, and zoo.  Each year, families celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and visit a local elementary school where the school nurse teaches the students about healthy habits.

ParentChild+ is a nationally recognized program and Family Connection is a certified replication partner.  The program is based on the belief that parents are their children’s first and most important teacher. Families must commit to participate for the entire two-year program.  There is no cost to participate.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Kindergarten Connection is a community-wide initiative to help children successfully transition into kindergarten.

Our transition to kindergarten initiative helps children and families prepare for a successful start in elementary school.  Through this initiative we are working with the Easton Area School District to develop and implement a comprehensive transition plan, developing positive relationships between parents, daycares and preschools, and the school district, educating early childhood educators about the PA educational standards and the expectations of kindergarten teachers, and coordinating educational events for children and families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Afterschool program for students in 1st through 5th grades at Cheston and Paxinosa Elementary Schools. The program includes a daily snack, academic enrichment, homework help, and recreation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Provide backpacks of food to children at-risk of hunger over long holiday weekends and establish school-based pantries

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Family Connection helps students in the Easton Area School District be successful in school by building positive family-school-community relationships, supporting and engaging families, removing barriers to learning, and providing extra learning opportunities. Our ultimate goals are to improve academic performance, the quality of life, and the strength of our community.

Early childhood education programs, such as the Parent-Child Home Program and Kindergarten Connection, bridge the school readiness gap. Once children are enrolled in elementary school, we offer family support services to connect, engage, and educate parents. Parenting education programs and parent workshops provide opportunities for parents to develop new skills that improve all aspects of their parenting. Health and wellness programs educate children and families and provide them with basic necessities. Afterschool programs provide enriching educational experiences for students in need of extra academic support.

Our diverse board of directors includes representatives from the Easton Area School District, local community organizations and business. Our executive director has over 19 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and holds a master's degrees in nonprofit management. Our dedicated staff has an average tenure of over five years. Our funding sources are diverse, and include the Easton Area School District, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, many local businesses and foundations, and individual donors. As a family resource center, we have strong working relationships with many nonprofit organizations and public agencies in the Lehigh Valley.

Program evaluation continues to demonstrate the short- and long-term success of our programs. There are many more needs in our community than we are realistically able to fulfill given our current budget. Over the past five years, we have expanded service and have increased the number of students and families served in our programs. Nonetheless, there are many additional students and families that would benefit from Family Connection programs who we are not able to reach.

Financials

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Family Connection of Easton, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sharon Ashton

Community Volunteer

Term: 2020 - 2022

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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