Family Services and Resources

The Family Resource Center aims to provide free services and resources to families to support the health of children and families in the Central Washington University and broader Kittitas County communities by harnessing the expertise of Family and Child Life faculty and students. 


Parenting Education

We currently offer parenting groups based on the Incredible Years preschool program and the Circle of Security Parenting Program. 

Incredible Years is designed for families of children ages 2-6, but all parents are welcome. The Incredible Years program is aimed at strengthening the parent-child relationship, and in turn, preventing and treating young children's behavior problems and promoting their social, emotional, and academic competence.

Circle of Security Parenting is also open to all parents. The program aims to strengthen the parent-child bond and attachment to promote healthy child development as well as parents' wellbeing.

We offer the groups multiple times every year. Each group meets once per week for 8-10 weeks. We offer free childcare during group. 

If you're interested in participating in our next parenting group, please complete the sign-up form.

Loss and Grief Support

FIG: Forward in Grief is a combination support and educational grief group for emerging adults (18-30 years old) who have experienced the death of a parent(s). They must have lost their parent(s) when they were between the ages of 18 and 30. The group is designed for participants to learn about their unique grief in a safe place, practice reconciling their grief, and experience a little break from their grief through fun activities.

We offer the group multiple times throughout the year, and groups run for 8 weeks.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Amy Claridge


Physical Resources

The Family Resource Center collects items to donate to local families. We may be able to provide you with free resources, such as:

  • Child and adult clothing
  • Basic child supplies (bottles, pacifiers, diapers, etc.)
  • Toiletries and hygiene items

If you are in need of any of these items, please complete the request form. We will then contact you about the availably of the items you requested. We rely on donations of these items, so we cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide everything you request, but we'll do our best to find the items for you.

The request form is confidential. Only the director of the Family Resource Center (Amy Claridge) will see the form and know that you requested resources.

We welcome any donations from community members. If you are interested in donating resources to the Family Resource Center, please contact Amy Claridge

Informational Resources

The Family Resource Center develops informational resources for parents and families to promote child development in the "Child Development Series." New topics will be added often! 

Please check back to learn more about these and other new family services and resources.

Contact Dr. Amy Claridge for more information or to get involved.


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