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First United Methodist Church of Plano

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESOURCES

National Association for the Education of Young Children www.naeyc.org
Organization dedicated to the well-being of all young children, with a focus on the quality of educational and developmental services.

High Scope Educational Research Foundation www.naeyc.org
An independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization.

Parents Action for Children www.iamyourchild.org
An organization that helps raise public awareness about the critical importance the prenatal period through the first early years plays in a child's healthy brain development.

Dr. Becky Bailey's Loving Guidance www.beckybailey.com
A company dedicated to creating positive environments for children, families, schools and businesses.

Dr. Jean: Songs and Activities for Young Children www.drjean.org
Dr. Jean's popular songs have been adapted to illustrated books in the Sing Along and Read Along with Dr. Jean series that can be used with young children.

Baby Signs www.babysigns.com
A natural baby sign language that allows babies and their parents to use simple signs to communicate important things like being hungry or thirsty, hot or cold, afraid or sad-often a full year before babies could otherwise speak.

Southern Early Childhood Association www.southernearlychildhood.org
An organization that brings together preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers and administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with and for families, to promote quality care and education for young children.

Zero to Three www.zerotothree.org
A national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education
http://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement
Sponsors comprehensive and challenging research in order to help ensure that America's young children are successful in school and beyond -- and to enhance their quality of life and that of their families.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connection
http://www.childcareresearch.org/discover/index.jsp
Offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use collection of more than 14,000 resources from the many disciplines related to child care and early education.

National Center for Early Development and Learning http://www.fpg.unc.edu/projects/
Focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from birth through age eight.

Special Education Guide http://www.specialeducationguide.com
Runs one of the top informational sites on the web for parents and teachers of children with special needs (and people who want to become special education teachers).

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

North Texas Kids http://northtexaskids.com/php/index.php
Provides the parents and children of the area with a guide to all of the resources available to them in the area.

Neighbors Go http://www.neighborsgo.com/index.php?page_id=1000
Focuses on neighborhood news posted directly online by residents

Guidelive http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97296&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL
Source of online entertainment information for Dallas-Fort Worth.

Volunteer Center of Collin County
(972) 422-1050 or http://www.volunteernorthtexas.org/
Acts as a clearinghouse for individuals who would like to volunteer for nonprofit agencies in Collin County and surrounding areas.

Volunteer McKinney Center
(972) 542-0679 or http://www.volunteermckinney.org
Recruits and matches individuals and organizations to volunteer opportunities in McKinney.

Volunteers in Plano (VIP Program)
(972) 941-7114 or http://plano.gov/Departments/Volunteer/VIP/Pages/default.aspx
To encourage community participation and to enhance municipal services in the Plano community.

 

CHILDCARE AND PARENTING RESOURCES

Boys and Girls Club
(214) 544-8924 or http://www.bgccc.org/, 1-800-854-CLUB/Nationwide
Provides youth activity and mentoring programs for children and youth in after-school and summer programs. New location in Frisco, (214) 387-8405.

Child Care Answers
(214) 630-7911, 1-800-441-7865, or http://www.childcaregroup.org/index.html
Provides information about local nursery and kindergarten facilities and school-age childcare programs, including pricing, location, hours, and description of programs.

Child Care Aware
1-800-424-2246 or http://www.naccrra.org/
Free national resource and referral service helps identify and locate quality childcare.

North Central Texas Child Care Services (formerly CCMS)
(469) 241-0900 or 1-800-260-5134
Assists families that meet eligibility standards with child care expenses by contracting with licensed and registered childcare providers.

Child and Adult Protective Services
(972) 633-6600 or 1-800-252-5400
Investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of dependent, neglected, or abandoned children, and/or disabled or elderly adults.

Child Support Enforcement
(972) 396-1115 or http://www.oag.state.tx.us
Represents both welfare and non-welfare clients in the establishment of child support, and handles enforcement of existing child support orders.

Collin County Children's Advocacy Center
(972) 633-6600 or http://www.cacplano.org
Provides services to victims of child abuse, including needs assessment, therapy, community referrals, and medical evaluation coordination in a friendly, home-like environment.

Early Head Start
(972) 348-1622 (For McKinney, Rockwall, and Sherman residents)
Family support, educational, health, and mental wellness services to children ages 0-3 and their families who meet federal income guidelines.

Family Outreach of Richardson/Plano
(972) 231-6584
Offers parenting classes that focus on the development, personality, and discipline of children ages 0-18. Classes are held in Richardson, free of charge.

Head Start Program
(972) 348-1668/Collin County or http://www.nhsa.org/about/nhsa/contact_nhsa
Family support and comprehensive educational, health, and mental wellness services to 3-and 4-year old children and their families who meet federal income guidelines.

The School Supply Project
(972) 867-0460
Provides school supplies to disadvantaged children in the Plano Independent School District.

YMCA
Plano www.planoymca.org or (972) 378-9622
McKinney www.mckinneyymca.org or (972) 529-2559

 

COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Adapt
(214) 544-1887, 1-800-357-0337, or http://www.adaptusa.com
Case management, supported employment, supported housing, and medication management for individuals with mental illness.

Avenues Counseling Center
(972) 562-9647 or http://www.avenuescounsel.org/
Provides a variety of services including alcohol and drug assessment, individual and group therapy, drug testing, and parent/teen groups. Counseling services encompass general issues as well as substance-related issues.

Child and Family Guidance Centers
(972) 612-5989 or http://www.childrenandfamilies.info/
Provides individual therapy, play therapy for children, family therapy, couples and marriage therapy, and educational classes designed to strengthen children and families.

C.I.T.Y. House (Collin Intervention to Youth)
(972) 423-7057 or http://www.cityhouse.org
30-day emergency shelter and counseling for youth aged 10-17. Also offers Choices program, a 6-week program that provides education, support, and counseling for families and their children. Groups meet in Plano and Frisco.

Contact Counseling and Crisis Line
(972) 233-TEEN/ Teen Line, (972) 233-2233/ Adult Line, or http://www.contactdallas.org
Telephone counseling for individuals in crisis.

Galaxy Counseling Center
(972) 272-4429 or http://www.galaxycounseling.org
Provides quality, low cost counseling services for children, teens, adults, couples, and families.

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center
(972) 964-1600 or http://www.johgriefsupport.org
Support groups offered twice a month for children and adults who have lost a loved one.

Life Path Systems (formerly MHMR)
(972) 562-0190, (972) 422-5939/MH Services, or (972) 727-9133/MR services
Diagnosis and evaluation, family support, counseling, supported housing, vocational training, case management, and child and adolescent services. Also provides support for individuals with mental retardation in the areas of eligibility determination, respite, early childhood intervention, residential living options, and job placement assistance.

Mobile Crisis Response Team
(866) 260-8000/Emergency Line or (214) 267-0545/Business Line
Mobile team providing emergency mental health services.

Nexus Recovery
(214) 321-0156 or http://www.nexusrecovery.org
Residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment for adult women, women with children, pregnant and postpartum women and their infants, and adolescent females.

NorthStar
1-800-964-2777
Behavioral Health Organization for state of Texas, available in Collin, Dallas, Hunt, and Rockwall counties. Assists individuals with qualifying for low cost mental health services.

Salesmanship Youth and Family Centers
(214) 915-4700 or http://www.salesmanshipclub.org
Outpatient Family Therapy program provides counseling for families with children (birth – 20 years) who are seeking assistance in establishing and maintaining positive behaviors and healthy relationships. Flexible fee structure allows families of all income levels to seek quality counseling.

Suicide and Crisis Center
(214) 828-1000 or http://www.sccenter.org
Free and confidential crisis counseling available 24 hours a day.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS AND COUNSELING

Genesis Women's Shelter
(214) 946-4357 (24 hrs.) or http://www.genesisshelter.org
Emergency shelter, individual and group counseling for women, adolescents, and children, child care assistance, sexual assault recovery, community education, and thrift store. Serves Dallas area.

Hope's Door
(972) 422-2911/Administration or (972) 422-7233/24 hr. crisis line www.hopesdoorinc.org
Provides short-term emergency shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse. Also provides hotline, support groups meeting in Plano and Frisco, community training, children’s program, and Battering and Prevention Program for perpetrators of domestic abuse. Serves Collin County area.

Turning Point (formerly Rape Crisis Center of Collin County)
1-800-886-RAPE/24 hrs. or http://www.rcccc.org
Individual counseling, support groups, and 24-hour crisis intervention for victims of sexual assault, family and friends. No charge for services.

For a complete listing of all domestic violence programs and shelters in the state of Texas, please visit http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/Help/family-violence/centers.shtml

 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Assistance Center of Collin County
(972) 422-1850 or http://www.assistancecenter.org
Provides information and referrals to social services and community resources for residents of Collin County. Contact agency for emergency food, clothing, and financial assistance.

Allen Community Outreach
(972) 727-9131 or http://www.acocares.org
Provides emergency food, clothing, and financial assistance to low-income individuals, primarily in the Allen, Fairview, and Lucas areas.

Clothes Closet
(972) 424-7844 or http://www.chaseoaks.org/get-connected/adults/outreach/plano-clothes-closet/ Provides clothes to low income families

Community Food Pantry
(972) 547-4404 http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/tx-plano
Provides emergency food to Collin County families in need.

Community Lifeline
(972) 542-0020 or http://www.communitylifeline.org
Emergency financial assistance, information, and referrals for residents of McKinney and Northern Collin County.

Community Services Inc.
1-800-831-9929 http://www.csntexas.org
Provides financial assistance for gas and electric bills

God's Food Pantry
(972) 633-9777 or http://www.godsfoodpantry.com/
Community outreach food pantry.

Plano Food Pantry
(972) 424-4574 or http://www.holynativity.org/foodpantry.htm
Provides food to families in times of financial difficulties.

 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Attitudes and Attire
(214) 630-1667 or www.attitudesandattire.org
Non-profit helping women seeking self-sufficiency with self-esteem workshops and interview clothing.

Background Check Form

Career Transition Workshop
(972) 763-2439 or www.careertransitionworkshop.org
A 12-week recurring series to help job seekers, offered through the Northwest Bible Church of Dallas. It is free and open to all unemployed, under-employed, and employed individuals in transition.

Dallas Urban League
(214) 915-4600 or http://ulgdntx.org
Assists members of minority groups and economically disadvantaged with vocational counseling and employment, educational guidance, housing, and social service referrals.

North Central Texas Workforce Commission
(972) 542-3381/McKinney or (469) 229-0099/Plano
http://ulgdntx.org
Services for job seekers include a resource area with computers, fax, printer, copier, and phones, free workshops, and job matching.

Organization for Latin Americans (O.L.A.)
(972) 422-2252
Offers programs to Hispanic and other ethnic backgrounds to prepare for English or GED classes, job placement, immigration information, and referrals.

REACH of Dallas
(214) 630-4796 or www.reachcils.org
Provides employment assistance, independent living skills training, and counseling for persons with disabilities.

Special Care and Career Services
(972) 991-6777 or www.specialcarecareer.org
Provides early childhood intervention, transition programs, and supported employment services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Provides disabled individuals with services to enable them to enter of return to employment.

Women's Resource Center
(972) 231-7201
Offers networking for women and their families including professional, individual, and group support counseling, job search assistance, and career focus seminars.

 

FINANCIAL AND LEGAL COUNSELING

Consumer Credit Counseling
(972) 542-0257, (972) 881-2887, or www.cccsnct.org
Provides education and counseling to individuals on money management. Assists in planning individual debt repayment.

Lawyer Referral Service
Dallas County (214) 220-7444
Collin County (972) 424-6113

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (formerly Legal Services of North Texas)
(972) 562-6001 or www.lanwt.org
Provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals in non-criminal civil law matters. Also offer free monthly legal clinics throughout Collin County

Wise Up
www.wiseupwomen.org
Created by the Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, this site offers an interactive curriculum, suggestions from financial experts, and compelling statistics on women and money. Designed for women who want to take control of their financial future.

Texas Advocacy Project
http://www.womenslaw.org
A statewide nonprofit legal organization that promotes access to justice for Texas women and children in need.

 

HEALTHCARE AND BENEFITS PROGRAMS

Baylor College of Dentistry
(214) 828-8441
General and specialty dental clinic, with services provided by Baylor graduate, dental, and dental hygiene students.

Collin County Adult Clinic
(972) 679-0035
First come, first serve clinic open on Thursday evenings. $10 donation covers doctor’s visit and medications.

Collin County Committee on Aging
(972) 562-6996 or www.cccoaweb.org
Serves citizens of Collin County 60 years of older with meals, information and referral, options for independent living, and outreach. Resources and support for caregivers also.

Collin County Community College Dental Hygiene Clinic
(972) 881-5791 or (972) 548-6537
Dental cleanings for $15, $10 for senior citizens, $5 for children 12 and under. Full mouth X-Rays also available at same rates. Closed during the summer.

Collin County Health Care Services
(972) 424-1460 or (972) 548-5500
Provides low-income services: health care program, pediatric clinics, prenatal clinics, and WIC Services. No income restrictions on STD, tuberculosis, or immunization clinics.

Easter Seals
(972) 394-8900 or www.easterseals.com
To help children and adults with disabilities and special needs achieve their highest level of self-esteem and independence, regardless of ability to pay.

Helping Patients.Org
www.helpingpatients.org
Website designed to help you find patient/medication assistance programs for which you may qualify.

LillyAnswers Program
(877)-RX-LILLY or https://www.lilly.com.au/ela/index.cfm
Persons on Medicare with no public or private insurance can qualify for $12/month supply of certain Lilly prescribed medications.

The Medicine Program
1-573- 996-7300 or www.themedicineprogram.com
Provides prescription medicine free-of-charge to individuals in need, regardless of age, if they meet the sponsor's criteria.

 

HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND SHELTERS

HOPE, Inc.
(940) 382-0609
Enables families to become self-sufficient through housing assistance and counseling in areas such as budgeting, parenting and job skills.

Housing Authorities
McKinney (972) 542-5641
Plano (972) 423-4928

Housing Crisis Center
(214) 828-4244
Provides telephone counseling regarding landlord/tenant problems, legal representation to low income individuals being evicted, and rental and other assistance.

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
(972) 542-5300 or www.ncc-habitat.org
Provides housing opportunities for low-income families.

Plano Homeownership and Housing Rehabilitation Programs
(972) 941-7133 or www.planotx.org
Down payment and closing cost assistance up to $3,000 for low-income persons buying their first home. Also provides funds for low and moderate-income homeowners for home repairs considered to essential to health, safety, and welfare.

Samaritan Inn
(972) 562-7375 or www.thesamaritaninn.org
24-hour emergency shelter for the homeless. Assists residents with accessing needed community resources as well.

Shared Housing Center, Inc.
(214) 821-8510 or www.sharedhousing.org
Offers group and transitional family housing, as well as case management, counseling, educational and training services, day care, and assistance in securing permanent housing.

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
www.texashousing.org
Provides information about available low-income housing, properties offering rent based on income, and related community programs.

 

ADULT EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Collin County Adult Literacy Council
(972) 633-9603
Helps individuals and families learn to read with an ultimate goal of helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency.

Collin College
(972) 881-5790 or www.collin.edu
Provides credit and non-credit classes, along with special services and programs to both students and community members. Main campuses are the Central Park Campus in McKinney (CPC), Spring Creek Campus in Plano (SCC), Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco (PRC), Courtyard Campus in Plano (CYC), and CCCCD@Allen in Allen High School.

 

Preschool,
Transitional Kindergarten,
and Children's Day Out
Infants to Prekindergarten
9 A.M. - 2 P.M

Before and after care
7 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Little Friends Place
Infants to Prekindergarten
My Friends Place
Kinder - 7th Grade