Core Services Available at our Member Family Resource Centers

Family Development & Self-Reliance

Through this program, family development workers work one-on-one with families to help them set and achieve transformative goals in their lives and help them become more self-reliant. The framework, a research-based approach known as the family development approach, focuses on helping families build from their strengths, take charge of their lives, and access resources that are available in their communities.

Parenting programs, home visiting programs, and/or parent support groups complement the one-on-one work of family development workers, promote positive parenting skills, and prevent child abuse. Financial literacy courses support families in managing and strengthening their family finances. These programs use curricula that have shown strong evidence of success with families over time.


  • The Family Resource Center Model was recognized as a Promising Practice for Poverty Reduction in 2012
  • Over 120 family development workers trained in a 90-hour Family Development Credential program developed by Cornell University, in partnership with Colorado State University Extension
  • Families served by family resource centers made statistically significant gains on all 16 areas of family stability measured by the Family Support Assessment since 2009

Healthy Living Programs

FRCA’s Healthy Living program helps Colorado families access health care in their own communities. Health advocates at each FRCA member center help eligible families enroll in the Child Health Plan Plus, Medicaid, and other insurance coverage options, and help families navigate other health and/or nutrition resources available in their areas. Through nutrition and exercise programs based in strong evidence of success, families learn how to incorporate healthy eating habits and physical activity into their lives.


  • Over 3,200 parents and children received nutrition education through the program in 2009
  • Operation Frontline named FRCA its 2009 Partner of the Year
  • Family resource centers assist thousands of families a year to access health coverage through the Child Health Plan Plus or Medicaid