Strength in Community Partnerships

A new beginning. It can feel empowering when people decide that the next moment in life is brand new with infinite possibilities. The start of 2019 marks the third year complete for the Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (SCCPC) initiative. It is time to celebrate success and acknowledge the great potential for the future.

For the past two years through the Welcome Baby program, Resource Specialists from Family Connections visit all families in Sheboygan County that are first time parents, families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and families with additional questions about community resources. In the last year, the Welcome Baby program has met with almost 500 families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and HSHS. St. Nicholas hospital as they welcomed their new bundle of joy. One of the main community resources discussed is the Parents as Teachers home visiting program at the Family Resource Center.

One parent participating in the Parents as Teachers home visiting program shared, “The most helpful aspect of the program has been having someone outside of family and friends who knows my child but also has expertise in child development and can reassure me. As a first time parent I often question my choices and it's so nice to have someone validate my parenting.”

The SCCPC also expanded Child Developmental Screening events for children ages 6-months to 5-years-old. Families are now able to choose what location is best for them. In 2018, there were three screening events in Plymouth, two screening events in Sheboygan and one screening event in Sheboygan Falls. Through these events, 185 children were screened for appropriate development, hearing and vision. In 2019, the SCCPC looks to continue to expand to other school districts.

Finally, the 2018 year ended with success by completing the first Parent Café series. There were 25 parents and 34 children who participated in these three events. Topics included The Value of Positive Friendships, Consistent Parenting and Parenting in a Virtual World. During each event, parents and caregivers enjoyed a delicious meal with their children. Afterwards, quality childcare was available while parents discussed the different topics. In future Parent Cafés, each event will have a new theme and all parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.

There is no cost to families with any of the programming or activities that the SCCPC offers because of the generous support of community partners and donors. As our goal is to sustain and expand, we look forward to building additional relationships with potential partners to support the needs of the community.

What a wonderful year it has been working with many parents and caregivers to support their overall family health! The SCCPC looks forward to continue serving families in Sheboygan County. For more information, visit or email Corrissa Frank at

Expanding Child Development Days

In this fast-paced world, there are so many ways to receive parenting advice. This can leave parents feeling overwhelmed and still unsure – or even more unsure – of what to do in any given situation. Parents are a child’s first teacher starting at the very beginning of their child’s life. That can feel like an amazing opportunity, as well as a large responsibility.

When specifically looking at child development, parents often have many questions. Is my child following the typical milestones of development such as their language, physical movements or behaviors? What if my child is not following typical development? If you are unsure and would like to know more about what to expect, join us for a Child Developmental Screening Day at no cost to families. Always consult your child’s pediatrician with additional questions as well.

The next screening day is Thursday, October 11th from 3-6pm and October 12th from 8am-12pm at the Generations building in Plymouth. Registration is required and spots fill quickly. Call the Family Resource Center at 892-6706 for more information and to register for your 45-minute time slot.

At a Child Developmental Screening Day, children ages 6-months to 5-years-old are screened for appropriate development by trained staff members. Parents and caregivers sit side-by-side with their child and screening staff to discuss what appropriate development looks like for their child, and what activities could help their child develop certain skills. This is an exciting partnership between school districts and other nonprofit organizations specializing in child development, to offer screenings at earlier ages. Parents and caregivers then have the opportunity to learn more about what to expect and to ask questions.

If a child is not meeting typical milestones, screening staff can give parents and caregivers activity ideas to help their child reach the milestones and encourage them to bring their child back in a few months for the next screening. Staff are also able to connect families to community resources that can support their child’s needs.

For more information about the Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children, visit You can also contact Corrissa Frank, Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children Coordinator at or call (920) 458-3425.


Power of Collaboration

Parenting is truly a journey. You may have started planning months in advance for that journey, created a budget and have your destination set – or so you thought. On the other hand, this journey may have jumped out at you and yelled, “Surprise!” No matter the start, all families benefit from a strong support system and additional information.

The Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (SCCPC) is a collaboration between many organizations to support families in through their parenting journey.  Support may be a first-time family having their child, where a Welcome Baby Resource Specialist from Family Connections visits them at the hospital to inform them of community resources and of the Parents as Teachers home visiting program through the Family Resource Center.

SCCPC support is the on-going free Community Screening Day event where their child is screened for appropriate development anywhere from age 6-months to 4-years-old. This is an exciting partnership between school districts and other nonprofit organizations to offer screenings at earlier ages to give parents peace of mind that their child is meeting appropriate developmental milestones.

The SCCPC is also excited to add another way to support parents and caregivers here in Sheboygan County – Parent Café workshops. These events are also free to any family and is a collaboration between United Way of Sheboygan County, Family Connections, Head Start, Lakeshore CAP and Above and Beyond Children’s Museum.

At a Parent Café workshop, parents and caregivers bring their children and enjoy a delicious meal together. Afterwards, children will have activities set up for them with quality childcare staff, rated by Youngstar to ensure a safe environment. During this time, parents and caregivers will discuss different parenting topics in groups. Throughout the time together, the groups will rotate tables and continue discussing various topics of interest. Parents and caregivers are able to discuss topics that are important to them, which will then apply directly to their life and potentially strengthen their support system through new friendships.

For more information on the Welcome Baby program, Community Developmental Screening events and Parent Café Workshops, visit You can also contact Corrissa Frank, Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children Coordinator at or call (920) 458-3425.

Community Developmental Screening Events

As a parent, many resources offer information to help make the best decision possible for your family. It could be advice from a friend, co-worker or family member, or tips from an article you read online. It could also be an organization that is able to give input and answer questions that have trained staff that specialize in early learning and development. All of these resources form a family’s support system, and as a community, we strive to strengthen that system.

The Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children initiative is excited to continue expanding the community developmental screening events across Sheboygan County. These screening events are free to the community and offer support from the following organizations: Family Resource Center, Family Connections, Public Health, Birth to Three program, Head Start, Early Learning Center and Plymouth School District. As the events expand, we look forward to additional partners being involved.

During the developmental screening events, parents will fill out a screen – essentially a questionnaire about their child’s development. Staff will then review the screen with the family and have their child practice certain age appropriate activities. Some examples are stacking blocks, jumping with both feet, identifying certain objects, or following certain directions. This is a time where parents can understand what they should be expecting their child to do, and what milestones their child should be reaching in the future. After the screen is complete, staff will connect families to the community resources they may need, and families are encouraged to share the screen information with their child’s pediatrician.

The next community developmental screening event dates and locations are:

January 24 from 8am-12pm
Lakeshore Community Health Care
1721 Saemann Ave
Sheboygan, WI 53081

February 1 from 3pm-6pm and February 2 from 8am-12pm
Generations, an Intergenerational Center
1500 Douglas Drive
Plymouth, WI 53073

Registration is required and spots fill quickly. Call the Family Resource Center at 892-6706 for more information and to register your child for a date and time.

The Community Partnership for Children initiative gives the opportunity for a diverse team of experts from local organizations to come together and support families in Sheboygan County. As a community, we should be excited as more organizations and businesses begin to work together more efficiently towards one vision – all Sheboygan County children are safe, healthy and prepared to grow learn and achieve.


Welcome Baby is 1-Year-Old

In the summer of 2015 United Way of Sheboygan County, along with other key partners, hosted a community conversation focused on early learning and child development efforts in Sheboygan County. After continued collaboration and donor support, the Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (SCCPC) was established in January of 2016.

The SCCPC is a cradle to career initiative, with the current focus of developing and sustaining prevention support for children, their families and caregivers. The initiative is supported by United Way of Sheboygan County, the backbone nonprofit organization, as well as a diverse team of experts from healthcare, government, education, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals from the community.

The first program developed by the SCCPC in November of 2016 was Welcome Baby. The program is now offered to all first-time parents and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Sheboygan County. During the Welcome Baby hospital visit, a Resource Specialist meets with families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospital to provide community resource information, as well as connect families to Parents as Teachers home visiting program.

The SCCPC is excited to celebrate Welcome Baby’s first birthday! Through this past year, the Resource Specialist staff from Family Connections visited 378 families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospitals. During these visits, families receive a community resource booklet, outlining resources such as basic needs and other parenting support programs and online information. In addition, families also receive a board book to promote literacy and safe sleep habits, as well as additional information about postpartum depression.

After the visit in the hospital, the Resource Specialist may offer families the opportunity to connect with a Parent Educator from the Family Resource Center to learn more about the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting program. Throughout this past year, there have been 138 home visits serving 30 families through the Welcome Baby program. The PAT home visiting program gives parents the opportunity to learn more about community resources, child development and learning activities for their children, as well as other parenting topics.

When looking at how SCCPC has developed and grown over the past two years, it is clear that collaboration has been the key to success. As more organizations that serve families and children work together, the community will benefit. For more information, contact Corrissa Frank, Community Partnership for Children Coordinator at