For ages 0-middle school
First Hug is a child-centered program ensuring that Hillsborough County children are ready to learn and succeed and provides wraparound preventative services to alleviate family stress. First Hug is a home visitation and case management program specially designed for families struggling with homelessness with children birth through middle school. Home visitation and personalized case management assure children are ready for school and provide parents with tools to advocate for their child and connect to school and safety resources.
About First Hug
- Developmental screenings to assess children’s readiness to learn (ages 0-5)
- Referrals and connections to community resources to assure children are ready for school
- Reduce barriers to school attendance and success for children ages 5-middle school
- Help parents build positive relationships with their child’s school to increase the child’s opportunity for success
How case managers work with families
- Assess the unique needs of each family and work together to develop a client-driven self-sufficiency plan
- Reduce family stress and the impact of trauma
- Meet weekly to assist families as they work towards stabilization
- Provide resources and tools to support healthy family relationships and safe living environments
- Provide employment, adult education, connection to job placement services
- Identify safe housing options
For ages 2-3
ParentChild+ is a national early learning program for Hillsborough County children ages two to three years old. This program aids under-resourced parents or guardians of children by providing home visitors for help with developing their child’s reading and early learning skills—offering encouragement for parents and preparing children for school readiness and life success.
- Each family receives 92 home visits (twice a week) throughout the two years of the program.
- Trained community-based Early Literacy Specialists model reading, play, and conversation activities for parents and children together.
- Families receive at least 46 books and educational toys to build language and literacy-rich homes.
- Curriculum guides provide families with literacy, numeracy, and school readiness activities.
- Families are connected to other needed supports, including housing, medical, and educational services.
- Site staff works with families to ensure every graduate is linked to future educational services and is equipped for school success through school supplies & backpacks.
- Professional site coordinators provide insight for early literacy specialists and oversee support and referrals for families.
These services are available thanks to a grant from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School
The Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School offers families in our care a trauma-informed option for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. In close partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, parents, and our dedicated staff, we help students achieve academic success and social and emotional growth.