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Family Network, a Family Focus Center, is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, family support agency open to all regardless of ability to pay or geographic location. Our mission is to promote the wellbeing of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community.
Family Network was founded in 1983 by early childhood professionals seeking to connect young children and families with one another to help reduce isolation, build friendships and establish a supportive community network. We are grateful to the vision of our founders and all of the families, staff, volunteers and alumni that have contributed to Family Network since its inception.
The Right From The Start Program (RFTS) was established in 1994 in response to an emerging Latino immigrant population in Highland Park and Highwood. RFTS serves the Latino community offering a wide array of Spanish-based services. These offerings include: prenatal classes, home visiting services and many educational groups for parents and children from birth through the elementary years. Additionally, thanks to the vision and support of Pam Phillips Weston, exercise classes were established for moms in December of 2007 in conjunction with after school nutrition/exercise classes for 1st-5th grades to reinforce the importance of good health and target the rampant childhood obesity issue in our country.
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