The Washington County Family Center, which opened in 1995 and is located in Hagerstown, MD, is a community-based, child-centered and family-focused program empowering families with young children to become self-sufficient through education, parenting and personal achievement. The Family Center is sustained through strong community partnerships beginning with its sponsoring agency, Washington County Department of Social Services, and including the Washington County Health Department, Washington County Public Schools, Hagerstown Community College, and many other agencies and organizations. The Board of County commissioners has funded the space for location of the Center since 1995. The Family Center provides, through a holistic approach, comprehensive support services to young families in their pursuit of literacy skills and diploma attainment. The Family Center provides services to approximately 100 families (parents and children) each year.
The Washington County Family Center provides a variety of services for expectant parents and families with children aged birth to four years of age. Services are designed to empower families to become self-sufficient through personal achievement, education, and positive parenting. Services include on-site early childhood development, Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Equivalency Diploma (GED) instruction, External Diploma Program (EDP), high school credit classes, Family Literacy programs, employability services, health education services, parenting education and transportation.
Through intensive education of more than one generation, the Center builds on family’s strengths and provides the tools and support necessary to assist families in becoming stronger and more self-sufficient. Parents and children participate in a variety of literacy skill development activities while attending the Center together.