Four programs that provide support for parents with young children and teens while encouraging early literacy will receive a $125,000 funding boost from the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
The programs administered by Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) are: Families in Transition, Family Engagement, Early Care Engagement and Just for Teens/Incredible Years programs.
Just for Teens is a comprehensive program for pregnant and parenting teens focused on enhancing their skills and confidence as individuals and as parents. It includes Incredible Years, a program for parents of children less than 12 months old created to strengthen the bond between young parents and their baby.
The programs collectively increase language, literacy and numeracy skills for children, and support children at risk for developmental, social, emotional and behavioral issues.
“The [United Way] support allows us to continue with our results-oriented education and child development programming and supports families through all the challenges and joys of parenting," said Tara N. Burgess, EPIC executive director.