Oakland Family Services provides confidential services for over 90 years and understands the importance of earning our customers trust. We serve more than 43,000 children, adolescents, and adults every year. There are four convenient office locations in Oakland County with ample parking. Our consumers in many programs also receive services in their homes, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and in the work place. We help children and adults to set goals, explore alternatives and to resolve even the most difficult crises.
Children’s Learning Center
The Children’s Learning Center offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum, which focuses on each child’s natural curiosity and uses the teacher to facilitate the learning activity.
Through group and individual activities, each child is encouraged to develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually at his or her own pace. Children learn to plan their work and work their plan, thus developing self-motivation and responsibility.
The Children’s Learning Center in Pontiac is a licensed child care facility offering high quality child care and preschool services for children age 14 months through five years. A school-aged summer program is offered for children up to the age of ten. The Children’s Learning Center uses the nationally recognized High/Scope model of early learning.
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
GSRP is a state-funded, early childhood development program for four-year old children in Pontiac, Michigan.
uses the High/Scope curriculum, a nationally recognized model of early learning
operates concurrently with the school year (September to May)
preschool runs four days a week (Monday – Thursday), 7 hours/day
child care available
parent participation opportunities
family support services
resource and referral network
Special Services Available to GSRP Families:
FOR CHILDREN: Quality preschool classes, field trips, special events, kindergarten readiness, development assessments
FOR PARENTS: Group meetings, parent educational opportunities, parent involvement activities, parent/child groups, father groups
FOR FAMILIES: Family activities, resources and referrals, parent/teacher conferences, home visits, counseling services, support groups
Early On of Oakland Family Services is the primary provider of developmental assessments and evaluations for all children birth to three in Oakland County.
Eight different areas of development are assessed:
- gross motor (large muscles)
- fine motor (how a child uses their fingers and hands)
- self care (eating and sleeping)
- interactions with others
- coping skills
The first three years of life are critical for brain development and the optimum time for children to develop language skills, muscle coordination, and interpersonal skills. Many children have mild delays in one or more areas of development that can be easily eliminated with directed play activities. Some children have more moderate delays that may require more involved interventions which can significantly reduce the delay so that the children are able to enter school ready to succeed. Other children have disabilities that interfere with their development. Children with an established medical condition may have or be at risk of having a developmental delay.
Children, birth to three, experiencing any developmental delay, or those with a diagnosed physical or mental condition, which may result in a developmental delay, are eligible for Early On services, at no cost to the family.
A developmental specialist will be assigned to your family based on your home location and your local school district. The evaluation will be completed in your home as we know children are more comfortable in their own surroundings. Parents are always present and participate by answering questions and providing support. A hearing and vision screening will also be completed. It is all very informal and you can have another adult with you, if you like.
Mental Health Treatment
Oakland Family Services provides mental health treatment services to people of all ages in overcoming problems related to self, family, work and school.
Mild to severe symptoms affect the person’s ability to function in one or more areas of his or her life. Participants gain insight, skills, and a better understanding of the issues, and they learn new coping strategies that lead to improved mental health.
Services are offered to individuals, families and groups. Culturally sensitive treatment, including bilingual service, is provided by licensed and certified mental health professionals.
Oakland Family Services follows the Best Practice Clinical Guidelines as established by the Alliance for Children and Families. These guidelines specify the most effective interventions and modalities for a given mental health issue.
Women’s Specialty Substance Abuse Treatment Program
PRISM is a comprehensive and intensive substance abuse program designed to help substance abusing mothers and pregnant women complete substance abuse treatment and maintain a substance free lifestyle and provide safe and healthy parenting to their children.
Substance abusing mothers are best served by a continuum of care that provides a variety of services over an extended period of time, ranging from substance abuse treatment, parenting skills and support, childcare and transportation, financial and housing needs, educational and vocational needs, domestic violence and sexual abuse treatment, and psychiatric and medical services.
Services provided include:
- Comprehensive assessment and person centered planning
- Intensive case management to assist women with their non-clinical needs
- Individual and group substance abuse treatment services which include some or all of the following:
- Phase I Substance Abuse
- Phase II Substance Abuse
- Parenting Group
- Relationship Issues Group
- Women’s Issues Group
- Affect/Mood Management Group
- Life Skills Group
- Child care during services
- Transportation to and from treatment services (sometimes limited by availability)