Core Services

Family Development

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 Family Development framework, a research-based 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