Berks Community Action Program
BCAP - Family Services
**NOTES** Office closed until further notice.
Family Center- Helping Parents Prepare Children for School and Life * The Family Center provides assistance to families with young children ages pre-natal to 5 years in Berks County. Family Development Specialists help parents understand the development stages their children go through to better prepare them for school and life using Evidence-Based Parents As Teachers (PAT) Born to Learn Curriculum. They work with families on parenting, child development and other issues affecting family well-being. The Family Center provides information on well baby care, infant developmental stages, using The Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Screening tools, and pre-school and kindergarten readiness. Intensive case management services are offered as needed to families focusing on all areas of family growth. Specialists also help families access other community-based services through the County Assistance Office. The Family Center also works with consumers involved in classroom activities in the GED Program. S.T.E.P. Parenting Classes- Helping Moms and Dads Become Better Parents * The Family Center has started Parenting Classes to provide tools for parents to strengthen their parenting skills using the Evidence-Based Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Curriculum. Classes are offered in the BCAP offices in English and Spanish. Students receive a certificate when they complete the program. Call for dates and times of newly formed classes. Pre-K Counts- Child Development Programs for Children Ages 3-5 * The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is committed to ensuring that all children begin school ready to learn and are ready to have success in their schooling careers, as life-long learners, and productive citizens. The purpose of PA Pre-K Counts is to expand the number of children who have the opportunity to experience a high-quality Pre-K program. The high standards for the program help prepare young children for school and help close the achievement gap between groups of students in the K-12 educational system. Early education through PA Pre-K Counts can open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life. PA Pre-K Counts is designed to offer a high quality pre-kindergarten learning experience to more 3 and 4 years-olds in Pennsylvania, free of charge to families between the income guidelines of 130% – 300%. Promoting Responsible Fatherhood- Helping Men Become Better Fathers * Studies show that children who have a strong and nurturing relationship with their fathers are more likely to be successful in life. The Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Program is dedicated to supporting, counseling and challenging fathers to become strong and positive influences within their families. Fathers may achieve their goals by attending monthly seminars and workshops, and by participating in one-on-one counseling. The Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Program is available to all. There are no restrictions in terms of age, income, marital status, age of children, etc. The Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Resources Center is located in the BCAP offices.
645 Penn Street
Reading, PA 19601
Eligibility: Berks County residents
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone/FAX Numbers
  • (610) 375-9770 Main
  • (610) 376-6571 Other
  • (610) 375-6575 Fax
Intake Procedure: Telephone
Service Contact: 610-375-9770
  • Expectant/New Parent Assistance
  • Head Start
  • Home Based Parenting Education
  • Parenting Skills Classes
  • School Readiness Programs
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Berks Community Action Program
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