Children and Family Services
Children and Family Services (provided by the Family Resource Guide)
American Family Services Day Care
1025 MacArthur Road Whitehall, PA 18052
Hours: 7:30 AM‐5:30 PM, M-F
• Affordable, quality care for children ages 3-5 years old
• Full time care
• Snacks provided
• Registered with DPW
• Accepts Title 20
• Preschool programs and kindergarten prep programs
• All Staff First Aid and CPR certified
• Fully Equipped Fenced in Outdoor Play Area
Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Services
A place where families can find high‐ quality early education opportunities, apply for assistance to help with child care costs (Child Care Works program) or access other resources that will set them on a path to success. It is also where child care providers can receive information on improving program quality (Keys to Quality program) Eligibility: Parent must be working at least 20 hours a week (or a combination of work and school hours).
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Contact: Deanna Shisslak Phone: 610-402-5733
Provides car seat clinics, free/reduced cost car seats and Pack-n-Plays, prenatal and parenting classes. You must register in advance for events and classes.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Lehigh Valley, Inc.
41 S. Carlisle Street Allentown, PA 18109
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh valley matches kids with caring mentors, transforming our communities. We don’t create potential, we defend it. Give us a call to learn more about our programs and to enroll your child.
Bright Creations Learning Center
7462 Penn Drive Allentown, PA 18106
Contact: Suzanne Herman, Director
Hours: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, M-F
Bright Creations Learning Center exists to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for your child. Our focus is to provide a stimulating early care and education experience which promotes each child’s social/emotional, physical and cognitive development. Our goal is to support children’s desires to be life-long learners.
Camelot for Children
2354 W. Emmaus Avenue Allentown, PA 18103
Contact person: Emily Werner
A non‐profit organization providing year‐round social and educational opportunities to children with disabilities and chronic or terminal illnesses in a supportive, developmentally appropriate, enriching environment in order to make the magic of childhood accessible to children with unique needs.
900 S. Woodward Street Allentown, PA 18103
Offers parenting classes. Call for days/times.
Center for Humanistic Change
555 Union Blvd., Suite 7 Allentown, PA 18109
Hours: 8:30 AM‐4:30 PM, M-F
Our mission is to give people, especially youth, the knowledge and tools they need to make better‐ informed and more positive life choices. CHC programs are offered in schools, communities and workplaces. Our clients include students, counselors, parents, social service employees, teachers, administrators, community groups, and individuals interested in personal growth. Drug and alcohol prevention programs remain a core service.
Community Solutions, Inc.
2015 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 204A Allentown, PA 18104
Hours: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, M-F
Multi‐systemic Therapy Treatment Program Multi‐systemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community based treatment service that addresses multiple aspects of serious behavior in adolescents. The multi‐systemic approach views an individual’s behavior as being influenced by the system around them‐ family, peers, school, neighborhood, as well as by the individual’s thoughts and feelings about that system. MST interventions address the many factors that are known to contribute to delinquency where the youth lives, works and plays. Therapists work with parents/caregivers to impact and provide support in school, youth, peer, and community settings for 4‐6 months. Contact can be daily at the outset, with families receiving 2‐3 sessions per week on average. Therapist are available around the clock for emergencies and support.These family interventions promote positive family relationships and development of skills to impact adolescents’ risky and acting‐out behaviors as well as enhance the parent’s capacity to monitor and manage the adolescent.
Community Services for Children, Inc.
1520 Hanover Avenue Allentown, PA 18109
Community Services for Children (CSC) provides and supports quality early education throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. CSC administers Head Start and Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley, PA Pre‐K Counts, and Early Learning Resource Centers throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Head Start and PA Pre‐K Counts help children and their families succeed in learning and life. Over 1,200 children and families are enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley.
90 South Commerce Way, Suite 300 Bethlehem, PA 18017
Contact Person: Shanon Feeser, MPA, LMSW
KidsPeace and Orchard Behavioral Health
Phone: 1‐800‐8KID‐123 (1‐800‐854‐3123)
KidsPeace is a private, not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to serving the critical behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, and teens. Headquartered in Orefield, Pennsylvania, KidsPeace offers a comprehensive range of treatment programs to help families help kids anticipate and avoid crises whenever possible. KidsPeace serves children and adolescents from ages 5 through 18. www.teencentral.net: Is a web‐based therapeutic support for teens and young people. Services Provided in the Lehigh Valley Area:
• Outpatient individual, family, and group therapy
• Medication management
• Walk‐in urgent care assessment (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday)
• Home‐based treatment for children affected by autism
• Afterschool and Summer treatment programs for children affected by autism
• Acute partial day program for mental health treatment
• Inpatient mental health hospital
Sacred Heart Addictions Program
451 W. Chew Street, Suite 105 Allentown, PA 18102
At Sacred Heart Addictions program we offer individual and group D&A treatment as well as D&A Intensive Outpatient. Sacred Heart Addictions Program (sees individuals ages 13‐65, younger on a case by case basis).
Family Center Campus
1620 Broadway Bethlehem, PA 18015
At Family Center we offer individual, group and family therapy, as well as psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We currently have ASD groups that run throughout the year and LGBTQ group. We also offer Parent‐Child Interactive Therapy for ages 2.5‐7.
Green Street Outpatient Clinic
801 E. Green Street Allentown, PA 18109
At Green Street we offer individual, group and family therapy as well as psychiatric evaluations and medication management. We also offer Parent‐Child Interactive Therapy for ages 2.5‐7.
Sacred Heart Sigal Center
451 Chew Street, Suite 105 Allentown, PA 18102
At Sacred Heart we offer individual, group and family therapy as well as psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth
Lehigh County Government Center 17 South Seventh Street Allentown, PA 18101‐2401 Phone: 610‐782‐3200
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, M-F After Hours: 610‐782‐3064
Services: Local public agency required by state and federal law to respond to referrals of child abuse and neglect. The agency provides a wide range of services to protect children and strengthen families by partnering with many different service providers throughout Lehigh County. While the agency is committed to providing high quality services to the victims of child abuse/neglect and their families, the agency also believes that prevention efforts create the strongest foundation for the future well‐being of our children, families, and community.
Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition
1636 N. Cedar Crest Blvd #105 Allentown, PA 18104
We are a resource for breast/chest feeding support within the Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley Health Network
1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103
Offers parenting workshops/classes. Call 888-402-5846 for more information or to register.
Maternal and Family Health Services: Lehigh Valley WIC Clinic
1227 W. Liberty Street, Suite 104 Allentown, PA 18102
Phone: 610‐432‐3455 (Appointments only)
Toll Free: 866‐942‐8463
The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program promotes the health of women, infants, and children by providing food and nutrition education to pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children. WIC services include: nutrition education, healthy food vouchers, breastfeeding support, farmer's market vouchers, and much more.
Pinebrook Family Answers – Unconditional Child Care
Main Office 402 N. Fulton Street Allentown, PA 18102
1520 Hanover Avenue Allentown, PA 18109
Project Child - Promoting Healthy Families, Preventing Child Abuse. Project Child provides parent education, professional development, parent support and specialized programs in order to prevent child abuse and neglect and child safety. Project Child’s services are designed for parents, professionals and para‐professionals in the community. Project Child offers ongoing weekly parenting classes which are open to all. Call for dates and times.
St. Luke’s Nurse – Family Partnership
240 Union Station Plaza Bethlehem, PA 18015
Nurse‐Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence‐ based nurse home visiting program for pregnant women. This free program begins during pregnancy and continues until the child's second birthday. The goals of this program are to assist mothers in having a healthy pregnancy, encourage child health and development, and to guide mothers on reaching their life goals. Serving Lehigh and Northampton counties. Eligibility criteria is based on income, not insurance carrier
VIA of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.
336 West Spruce Street Bethlehem, PA 18018
Phone: 610‐317‐8000 Contact: Kim Tracy, ext. 461
Via of the Lehigh Valley is a non‐profit agency that provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other intellectual disabilities. Everyone deserves the chance to succeed and, through the support of our community, Via is able to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities living in the Lehigh Valley.
Early Intervention: Via provides Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapies, as well as Special Instruction for children from birth through the first three years, addressing individual disabilities and delays, both in home and in care settings. We respect and build on the family's strengths, values, diversity and competencies. Caregivers are included in the teaching process so therapy can continue across the child’s daily routines.
Early Literacy Promise Project (Reading Together at Home): Via's Reading Specialists work together with children and families to establish literacy skills and a love of reading. This early literacy program is free to families who reside in the city of Allentown and is provided in a family's own home, funded in part by the United Way.
Lehigh Children's Academy: Lehigh Children's Academy provides quality care and education for children ages six weeks through Kindergarten, and before and after care for school ages through 12 years. We focus on creating learning opportunities through educational and recreational experiences that promote all areas of a child’s growth and development. We work collaboratively with families every step of the way, from first feedings, to the first day of school and beyond. In our inclusive setting, we provide a developmentally appropriate educational environment for every young child that accounts for each individual’s unique abilities and potential in an accepting, respectful climate
Teen Experience: Held during summer and winter break, Teen Experience includes job shadowing, career counseling, volunteering, and recreational and team‐building activities. With the help of Via staff, teens develop life skills to plan their futures and gain independence upon graduation
Student Work Experience: High school students participate in paid work‐based learning experiences at local businesses. Via focuses on the individual student, tailoring the paid internship experience to their career goals.
School-to-Work Transition Services: Via works with students, in partnership with their school districts and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, to create an employment plan and explore careers of interest. Pre‐ Employment Transition Services are also available.
Community Employment: Via helps adults with disabilities work in integrated, competitive employment settings within their community, while providing ongoing support to ensure job stability.
ViaWorks Small Group Employment: ViaWorks helps people with disabilities enter the work force, be a part of the community and earn a paycheck. ViaWorks teams work on site at local companies, providing contract services for local employers. This service teaches job skills in a supportive, hands‐on environment.
Via Business & Industrial Services: For over 56 years, Via has specialized in contract packaging and assembly work, providing consistent high‐ quality work for businesses. Staff help provide a safe and productive environment for individuals to enhance skills and gain work experience.
Community Connections: Via connects people to their community through volunteer, recreational, social and educational activities. Participants take an active role in planning their schedules and developing goals and objectives for each activity. Staff educate participants on a variety of life skills, such as the use of public transportation, understanding housing options, and the importance of money management.
Autism Services: Via provides adults on the autism spectrum with resources to connect with each other and community resources to explore their talents and potential. Vocational, educational and recreational services are available
Behavioral Supports: Behavioral Support Services promote the growth, development, and independence of individuals with disabilities who experience behavior challenges. Our Masters‐ level staff work with a person's natural support system and caregivers to develop a behavioral support plan.
Creative Expressions - Adult Training Services: This service supports growth through artistic self‐ expression. Individuals engage their local community through visits to artist studios, museums, galleries, schools and cultural events. While at our facility, we focus on art projects, wellness, culinary skills and working to achieve independence and improve self‐awareness
Youth Advocate Programs Northampton/Lehigh Counties
35 E Elizabeth Ave, Suite 23 Bethlehem, PA 18018
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Contact: Mary Keefe Email: email@example.com
We provide Advocate/Family Support services to families in need with a referral from Northampton County Children, Youth & Families and Mental Health Services.