Child & Family Well-Being
These programs and services span the entire lifespan. From early childhood education programming to therapeutic intervention for troubled teens to social and nutritional offerings for seniors, participants in our programs receive education and support today in order to have a brighter future.
This mission of the Baby TALK program is to positively impact early childhood development to provide long-term, barrier-free success. This is done through promoting healthy, nurturing parent-child relationships and early childhood education best practice, with a literacy-based emphasis.
Eligibility: Parents ages 22 and older, residing in Douglas County in Nebraska, with at least one child age 5 or younger.
Generations Community Center
The Heartland Family Service Generations Community Center offers recreational, social, and nutritional programs to meet the needs of seniors ages 60 and older. There is no cost for membership.
The center serves a lunch each day at noon, sponsored by The BUILD Health Challenge Grant, for seniors age 60 and older at a suggested $4.00 contribution. Individuals below the age of 60 are welcome to participate in the meal program for $10.00 per meal.
The Generations Community Center offers monthly, live musical entertainment. The weekly activity calendar is created from the suggestions of attending senior members, which includes crafts, Bingo, outings, low-impact aerobics, weekly Bible study, various support groups, a book club, and a gardening club.
Eligibility: Seniors age 60 and over.
Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones
HALO is an evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate health education and prevention program for children who are ages three to six. HALO curriculum is available for purchase and classes are collaboratively implemented through Heartland Family Service.
HALO is designed to provide information to help children build skills for growing up in healthy ways so they become “Bigger, Stronger, and Better Able to Think!”
HALO is a preschool curriculum that teaches children how to build skills and choose a healthy lifestyle.
Eligibility: HALO is available for purchase nationwide.
The Heartland Family Service In-Home Services program is a community-focused, family service designed to reduce or eliminate neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children unable to protect themselves. The ultimate goal of the program is to keep children out of the foster care system by educating and enabling parents to be self-sufficient in raising their children.
Eligibility: Families involved in the State of Nebraska due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect. Services provided primarily in Dodge, Douglas, and Sarpy counties in Nebraska.
Positive Parenting Group
Through the Heartland Family Service Positive Parenting Group’s (PPG) proven and effective parent education programming, socially and economically challenged families are engaged in improving their parenting skills and creating stronger families. Classes are offered in English, Spanish, and Karen/Burmese.
Eligibility: Current or expectant parents/caregivers. Services are provided in the Omaha Metro area.
Ready in 5
Ready in 5 assists parents and caregivers who are international refugees to prepare their children for success in American kindergarten. This community-wide effort reaches parents and their children in the local neighborhood and the cultural community in which they live.
Eligibility: Refugee families with children 3-5 years in age. Services are provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Funding: This program is made possible with generous support from the Lincoln Financial Group, the Kiwanis Club of Omaha, and United Way of the Midlands.
The Heartland Family Service Refugee Advocate program addresses the problem of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) within the juvenile justice system for the refugee population of Douglas County. Specifically, this program was created to address the significant number of African youth who did not participate in diversion at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) and, consequently, were arrested for failure to appear in court.
The program also provides family support services that focus on preserving the family unit or reunifying the youth with his or her parents, foster family, grandparents, guardian, or primary caregiver. This is accomplished by identifying their strengths and weaknesses to set goals.
Eligibility: Referral based through Juvenile Assessment Center and Nebraska Youth Probation Office.
Restorative Justice emphasizes the harm done to a victim and the community and works to involve all affected by the crime in the resolution process. The goal of the Heartland Family Service Restorative Justice program is to repair the relationship, fix the damage that has been done, and prevent further crimes from occurring.
Eligibility: Youth referred by Douglas County Probation and Diversion. Adults in Douglas County Corrections. Services provided in Douglas County in Nebraska.
Ruth K. Solomon Girls
The Heartland Family Service Ruth K. Solomon Girls program offers therapeutic services to girls from low- to moderate-income families in North Omaha to equip them with the resiliency skills they need to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Since 1966, our mission has been to inspire each girl to discover her own individuality, develop her potential, and achieve a sense of responsibility for herself, her family, and her community.
Eligibility: Girls and young women ages 5-18 in Douglas County, Nebraska.