The Child & Family Support Center’s Children’s Education Program is designed to create opportunities for children and adolescents to develop social skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. Taught in a comfortable, fun, and interactive environment, our Children’s Classes and WhyTry? program for teens help participants (ages 5-17) improve their confidence, self-awareness, and self-esteem as they develop increased empathy for others. As children and teens learn appropriate techniques for positive communication and conflict resolution, their parents also receive instruction to help reinforce these principles at home. We also provide Stepfamily Classes and Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®, a school-based body safety program that helps elementary-aged students address sensitive topics like bullying and sexual abuse. Components of our Children’s Education Program include:
Children’s Social Skills Class: Using an evidence-based curriculum, our 8-week Children’s Classes invite children in age groups 5-6, 7-9, and 10-12 to develop social skills like empathy, positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution. Principles are taught using interactive techniques like role-play, craft-making, storytelling, and games. Each course’s accompanying homework helps families reinforce classroom lessons at home. Children’s Classes are provided for a nominal materials fee, with scholarships available. Parents attend the last three weeks of each 8-week course.
WhyTry?: Designed for adolescents ages 13-18, our research-based WhyTry? program takes participants on an interactive “Reality Ride,” helping them develop the social skills necessary to build resilience, improve their confidence, and succeed at home, at school, and in the workplace. Using video, music, literature, and hands-on activities, each 8-week session encourages youth to thrive on the road toward adulthood. WhyTry? is provided upon request for a small materials fee, with scholarships available.
Step-family Class: Employing the National Stepfamily Resource Center’s evidence-based Smart Steps curriculum, this 7-week course is offered in partnership with Utah State University and is especially designed for step-families. Participating children and their parents/stepparents are provided with weekly instruction, interactive activities, and an evening meal. During the “small-group” portion of each class, parents meet together, while children are divided into developmentally appropriate age groups. Families come together at the end of each session for a reinforcing family activity. Helping step-families navigate the unique challenges of blending two families, our Step-family Class is focused on helping members of a step-family develop healthy family relationships. This service is provided free of charge. Children ages 5+ are invited to participate with their parents. Free childcare is provided for younger children in our 24-hour Crisis/Respite Nursery.
Good-Touch/Bad-Touch®: Offered as a public service to preschool and elementary-aged students in the Cache County, Logan City, and Rich County school districts, our Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® body safety program introduces thousands of schoolchildren each year to critical information designed to help protect them from sexual exploitation, bullying, and other forms of abuse. Our certified facilitators create a warm, safe environment in which participants can learn to recognize and report abuse, apply five important “body safety rules,” and utilize personal strengths and community resources. This program is available both in a school setting and at our center. There is no charge for this service.