Family Based Services & Parenting Education

Crittenton Family Support Center

The Crittenton Family Support Center, also housing the Sunnycrest Family Support Center, provides home-based services and supports to families who voluntarily request assistance. Family Empowerment Service (FES) provides trauma sensitive, community based support services for families. Case managers collaborate with families in their homes to observe, guide and monitor their children’s well being and help make connections to community based resources, often helping to coach the parent or caregiver to ensure maximum success in connecting to vital resources. Case managers work with families to achieve the goals of improved parenting skills and strengthening the family unit. Services are provided to families without cost. Please contact Erica Makowski at 215-848-6200 for more information.

Click here to download a flier with information about FES.

Truancy Prevention

Our Truancy Prevention Program works with students attending public and charter schools in the northwest area of Philadelphia. Youth in the program are considered truant based on the number of absences recorded by their school. They have 8 or more unexcused absences. Tier I is the first level of intervention designed to engage families early in the process and avert a referral to regional Truancy Court. Referrals to this program come directly from the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s Department of Human services. Case Managers make home and school visits to identify and alleviate the issues and factors leading to truancy. They also link to families to community resources that could support their child’s success in school. Families in this program are required to appear in Regional Truancy Court and can be referred to Family Court should the truancy issues not be remediated. To learn more, please contact Erica Makowski at 215-848-6200.

Parenting Education

Our Enhancing Parenting Program is a parenting education and support group that meets in cycles of 12, two hour sessions. The interactive curriculum focuses on: improving parents’ ability to identify, express, process and manage feelings; increase parents’ understanding of child development; increase parents’ understanding of the varied approaches to positive parenting including increased knowledge of nurturing and responsive parenting interactions. The groups also support parents in learning about and supporting their child’s educational needs.

Enrollment is open ended. YSI holds classes at agency locations or offers the program at area shelter. Participants include custodial and non-custodial parents, caregivers and individuals expecting their first child. For information on family-based services, please contact Erica Makowski, 215-848-6200 x 1012.

Crittenton Family Support Center
/ Truancy Prevention

Erica Makowski
215-848-6200, x1012 Contact Us

Help YSI Help Children and Families

By contributing, you can help YSI provide much needed services to vulnerable children and families such as: shelter for homeless and runaway teens, 24-hour emergency care for young children, truancy prevention, counseling, and in-home support services. We count on the generous support of individual donors, foundations, businesses and faith communities to ensure that the 5,000+ that we serve receive excellent care.