Prairie Family Center is a resource center located in Burlington, Colorado. Prairie Family provides a safe environment for families on the eastern plains of Colorado to connect with coordinated services that provide tools to help them be more self-reliant. They do this by focusing on the strengths of each individual in a family unit and strive to develop skills within that family so that they may continue to support one another.
Prairie Family adheres to the guidelines of Principles and Practices of Family Support set forth by Family Centers of America and established by Family Support America. They are are a Family Resource Center Association member.
We tailor our programs to each community's needs and available resources. We focus on programs that offer information on nutrition, exercise, bilingual assistance, social security insurance and other helpful programs; all in support of the family!
Our programs are designed to help all age levels as we offer nurturing parenting classes, youth exercise, weekly senior exercise classes, cooking classes for kids, teens, family and adults to name a few!
Help guide families down a successful path.
The Prairie Family Center (PFC) was established in 1997 to coordinate with other family agencies and expand community-based services for the underserved and at-risk populations. PFC primarily serves Kit Carson County (City of Burlington and townships of Bethune, Stratton, Seibert, Vona, and Flagler). However, through need and lack of services nearby, we also help those who reside outside our County's borders in Cheyenne, Lincoln and Yuma counties.
In 1998, Prairie Family Center and then 23 area-wide Colorado Family Centers developed “The Family Resource Center Association” (FRCA) as a statewide strategic alliance that would support and enhance the collective impact of the family resource centers in Colorado.
Thus, the Prairie Family Center is a collaborative network of now-25 community-based family resource centers providing safe, accessible places for those in need across the state to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help them balance their own families.
FRCA strengthens this network of family resource centers across the state, providing a powerful safety net of community-based, research-proven and evidence-based programs and services. FRCA also holds the keys to a centralized database system (OMNI), acting as the administrative hand that manages this vast source of information for each program, its attendance, pre- and post-surveys and funders’ needs along with data that proves the services and curriculums we offer are very much needed in our area.
In 2002, Prairie Family Center received the IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Since then, we have received funding from various sources with the support from our community members, various fundraisers and grants from foundations, trusts and governmental organizations that help us offer our services to those who need a hand up at a difficult time in their lives.