Southern California Program

Uplift Family Services

Early Childhood
Los Angeles, CA
$250,000
June 2018

Uplift Family Services serves over 1,200 high-risk children with emotional and behavioral issues and their families annually at its Hollywood and Lynwood locations.  A two-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support the Family Resilience and Early Education initiative, a two-pronged approach to prepare young children socially and emotionally for school by promoting positive parenting practices and improving preschool teachers’ ability to minimize disruptive behaviors in the classroom.  Through its Hollywood location, Uplift will partner with a local elementary school and a provider of preschool programs to replicate Teacher-Child Interaction Training, which is a classroom adaptation of the evidence-based Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Uplift will also provide weekly, peer-led resource workshops, and support groups for parents and caregivers at its Hollywood and Lynwood locations to build family resiliency.  Children and families in need of more intensive interventions will be able to access Uplift’s therapeutic services.  The project will serve up to 750 children attending local preschool programs and up to 50 families participating in parent engagement activities.

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