Many homeless parenting youth come to CHF in Orlando from unstable home environments, and have been the victims of abuse and neglect. They struggle to meet the complex needs their babies present, as they try to survive life on the streets. Their children are affected by these violent and unstable environments, frequently presenting developmental delays and attachment deficiencies. Without access to specialized services to address their unique needs, these children may struggle with meeting developmental milestones and repeat the cycle of homelessness.
Bright Beginnings Program: The Bright Beginnings Program is a life skills program designed to meet the needs of children of homeless youth. The program offers a curriculum with creative activities that help build character, creativity, and healthy relationships based on unconditional love, compassion, and respect. The first step is to evaluate the child’s developmental performance in each of the five areas measured in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (communication, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, problem solving, and personal-social development). The children then participate in creative activities designed to promote their development and strengthen the relationship between parent and child.