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School Age: Programs and Services


Programs vary depending on location. Contact your favorite library for more information.

  • Butler Public Library, 260-868-2351
  • Eckhart Public Library, 260-925-2414
  • Garrett Public Library, 260-357-5485
  • Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library, 260-837-4491


Book Buddies

Interactive Book Buddies provides songs, rhymes and stories as well as developmental center based play stations that help children develop skills they need in preparation for future success in school. At each session every family receives a book and other materials to use at home. Program is once a month September – May and is presented in partnership with Early Childhood Alliance.

  • Eckhart Public Library, 260-925-2414
  • Early Childhood Alliance, Tricia Willard 1-800-423-1498 ext. 2477


Children First Center

1754 Wesley Rd.; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-3865 or toll free 1-800-824-2698

Contact Maria Manuel-Slone


The H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Meet Expectations) program works with parents and children age birth to eighteen years who are involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS). The program assists families in enhancing their parenting skills or conquering other challenges in order to preserve the family unit. The H.O.M.E. program is designed to support clients and guide them in parenting education, thus enabling them to protect and care for their children. A Family Support Worker provides services through weekly home visits.

Network For Safe Families

The program assists families in enhancing their parenting skills or conquering other challenges in order to preserve the family unit. Services are voluntary, short-term, home-based case management. The Family Support Worker will provide client support, information, and referral services. This program is for families who are not involved in DCS. Self referral welcomed.

The Nurturing Parent

Home based parenting class for families of children, ages birth to 10 years. A 10-session program is provided in the family home.

Redirecting Children’s Behavior

Course runs five weeks, one night a week for 3 hours (15 hours total). Focuses on understanding your child’s behavior, building a good relationship and exploring alternatives for dealing with misbehavior. For anyone living or working with children of all ages. Cost is $25 per person, or $40 per couple. Workshops of varying lengths and topics based on the series are also available. Scholarships may be available upon request.



  • Community Action of Northeast Indiana
  • Phone: 260-423-3546 ext. 296
  • Weekly workshops on life skills.
  • DeKalb Health
  • 1316 East 7th St.; Auburn, IN 46706
  • Phone: 260-920-2510 ext. 2875
  • Contact Julie Wagoner
Child Safety Seat Inspection Services

As a free service to the community, DeKalb Health is proud to be one of only a few nationally recognized child safety seat fitting stations in Northeast Indiana to offer child safety seat inspections by certified technicians. Call 260-920-2551 for appointment.


DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force

  • Phone: 260-920-8493
  • Contact: Lisa Rice

Provides education and resources to organizations and victims of domestic violence.


Domestic Abuse Task Force

  • YWCA of Fort Wayne
  • 1610 Spy Run Ave.; Fort Wayne, IN
  • Phone: 260-424-4908
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-441-4073
  • Contact Stephanie Feldman

YWCA Domestic Violence Services delivers a high quality continuum of care program to victims of domestic violence. Shelter and intervention are available.


Early Childhood Alliance

  • Phone: 1-800-423-1498 ext. 2477
  • Contact Tricia Willard
Parent E-Book Club

The ECA on-line parent book club is now reading “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. This book is a guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, persistent, perceptive, and energetic. Connect with other parents on-line each week to discuss chapters in the book, share ideas and gain insight from other parents who have been there!

Child Care Resources And Referral

Early Childhood Alliance is one of 11 child care resource and referral agencies in Indiana. Child care referrals are available at no cost to families in northeast Indiana. Families are assisted in making well-informed decisions about child care, including information on Paths to QUALITY, the statewide child care rating system. Referrals are available by phone (800-423-1498) or on-line at Specialized referrals are available for families of infants and toddlers, children with special needs or Spanish speaking families.


Family Table

Visit for resources, recipes and ideas for making the family meal a habit in your house. Sponsored by the McMillen Center for Health Education: 260-456-4511


Lifeline Youth & Family Services

  • 7136 Gettysburg Pike, P.O. Box 80487
  • Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0487
  • Phone: 574-551-8332 or 260-438-6902
  • Toll Free 1-800-509-6884
  • Contact Deb Johnson

Working with families in their homes, bringing tools and education to strengthen the family. Other services are available.

Parenting Under Stress

This program is designed to provide support and education to mothers and fathers who are experiencing special life stresses that affect parenting. A group allows participants to gain support and information from their peers. This 12 week program meets weekly for 1 hour sessions.


Online Resources

  • Purdue University Extension Office
  • 215 East 9th St. – Suite 300; Auburn, IN 46706
  • Phone: 260-925-2562
  • Contact Ann Williams, CFS Educator
Family Enrichment Series

This program focuses on personal development, communication skills, and building healthy relationships within families, work and social environments through principled centered education. Classes are offered Tuesday evenings in Kendallville, Thursday evenings in Columbia City, and Saturday mornings in Fort Wayne. Right Relations is a Community Partner with Purdue University.


SCAN, Inc.

  • Stop Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 500 W. Main St.; Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: 260-421-5002

SCAN is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children through family services, education, and community partnerships. SCAN has two primary service areas: Prevention and Family Restoration.


Shots For Tots

  • DeKalb County Health Department
  • 220 East 7th St.; Auburn, IN 46706
  • Phone: 260-925-2220
  • Contact Emily Engel

Shot clinics offered monthly.