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Family Resource Center

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 Ellensburg communities by harnessing the expertise of Family and Child Life faculty and students. 



Parenting Education

We currently offer two parenting education classes. One is based on the Incredible Years preschool program. The program is designed for families of children ages 2-6, but all parents are welcome in the class.The Incredible Years program is aimed at preventing and treating young children's behavior problems and promoting their social, emotional, and academic competence.

We also offer the Mother2Mother parenting program for mothers of children birth-3 years old. The program is designed to promote infant-mother bonding, build mothers' social support, and help mothers reflect on their own histories and how they impact their parenting. 

Both programs are offered multiple times every year, and typically take place over 9-10 weeks. We offer free childcare during the classes.

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.

The next group will start Winter quarter (Jaunuary 2018) and will run for 8 weeks.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the sign-up form.

Please contact Natalie Porter or Amy Claridge if you have any questions.

Foster Youth Support

LIFT provides a safe space for foster youth to have fun, explore their identity, develop social and life skills, process difficult family issues, and build relationships so that they may live up to their full potential.

Youth ages 10-18 years old who are involved in the foster care system are welcome to join.

Foster parents and case workers can enroll youth in the program using the sign-up form.


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 hygeine items

If you are in need of any of these items, please complete the request form. We will then contact you about the avaiabily 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

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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