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  Free To Grow
  Mailman School
  of Public Health
  Columbia University
  722 West 168th Street,
  8th Floor
  New York, NY 10032

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NOTE: as of April 17, 2007, the Free to Grow program has closed.
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Welcome to our Family page. Here you will find resources and strategies that researchers and practitioners across the nation have identified that strengthen and engage families. You can read about ways that families in greatest need can be identified and linked with services in your agencies and communities, or how isolated families can form family support networks. You can find information about strategies that help individuals parent more skillfully, or about innovative approaches to providing family-friendly substance abuse and mental health treatment.

The partnership between families and communities is a hallmark of Head Start, and Free To Grow has sought to broaden and intensify this component. Since a basic premise of Free To Grow is that improving the health and well-being of both families and communities is key to promoting substance-free communities and preventing child abuse and neglect, this page should be read along with our Community Page.

Though every Head Start program already serves parents as well as children, Free To Grow has widened the focus even further to better identify and address the strengths and needs of entire families. This reflects the Free To Grow approach, which emphasizes partnering with families, and not just serving them.

Click on any one of the strategy or resource pages to learn more.

Case Management

Family Assessment

Family Support

Parent Education

Substance Abuse and Mental HealthTreatment


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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.