The mission of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program is to promote the growth and development of young children by supporting and strengthening families and building caring, responsive communities. Our mission is accomplished by using early childhood intervention and family support practices informed by the most current research to strengthen parent capacity to provide or mobilize supports and resources to promote child, parent, and family growth and development.
The vision of the Family, Infant and Preschool Program is demonstrating excellence and shaping the future of early childhood intervention and family support practices. Demonstrating excellence is accomplished by using evidence-based practices of known qualities supporting and strengthening child, parent and family competence that are associated with optimal positive benefits. Shaping the future of early childhood intervention and family support practices involves the use of cutting edge and promising practices for supporting and strengthening child, parent and family functioning.
Our Guiding Principles
The Family, Infant and Preschool Program's work is guided by research evidence about practices that are known to result in positive outcomes for children, families and communities. The linkage between research and practice has helped FIPP staff identify cutting-edge strategies to benefit children and families. FIPP is not only a regional resource in Western North Carolina, but has a long tradition of sharing knowledge by conducting training activities for parents, child care providers, early childhood professionals, and others. FIPP's research contributions have not only helped FIPP staff do an excellent job working with children and families, but have had a substantial and sustained impact on the fields of early childhood practices and family support, both nationally and internationally. Many FIPP staff members conduct research, which has resulted in hundreds of publications and presentations, as well as the publication of several books. FIPP is committed to continually learning and reflecting upon our practices to strengthen the provision of support and resources to families of young children.