Florence Crittenton Services pioneered a nationally recognized two-generation program model that helps teen families break the cycle of poverty through education, health and wellness, and economic and social asset building.
Our campus is a full-service Family Resource Center that includes an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center, the Alethia E. Morgan, MD Health Center, and, through our 33-year partnership with Denver Public Schools, the on-site Florence Crittenton High School. On our new campus, we have extended our programming to offer services for teen families year round.
We are part of the Ascend Network, a prestigious group of two-generation approach leaders and organizations working to influence practice and policy change, and we were instrumental in establishing the Colorado Teen Parent Collaborative, a statewide group of organizations which raises public awareness, shares resources, and advocates for public policy to benefit teen parents and their children.
Our mission is to educate, prepare, and empower teen mothers and their children. Our trauma-informed, two-generation service model more than doubles the national high school graduation rate of teen mothers and ensures that their children are kindergarten-ready. Our organizational goals include:
- To help teen mothers complete high school and earn a diploma, transition to college and a career, become self-sufficient, and improve their physical and mental health.
- To ensure that teen mothers develop skills for positive parenting and for maintaining healthy relationships for themselves and their children.
- To help young children from six weeks through Pre-K develop core competencies that promote successful transition to kindergarten including: readiness to learn, healthy attachments to parents and caregivers, and social-emotional and cognitive development.
- WE ARE A SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY TO ACCESSING A WIDE RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL AND HUMAN SERVICES ALL YEAR LONG.
The new and expanded Florence Crittenton Campus, which opened in 2015, is a Family Resource Center for teen families. Our facilities include family-friendly space for staff and community partners to provide educational and human services on-site; a gymnasium equipped with safe and appropriate fitness equipment for the whole family; an 11-passenger van to assist teen mothers and children with transportation; an expanded and renovated Early Childhood Education Center for children of teen mothers ages six weeks through Pre-K; and the Alethia E. Morgan, MD Health Center—the first school-based health center in Colorado to offer both obstetrics and pediatrics. The campus also includes the new Florence Crittenton High School, where teen mothers can earn a Denver Public Schools diploma on-site. The expanded space has allowed us to increase the number and frequency of services we offer to teen families. Teen mothers, young fathers and extended family members are able to access customized wraparound services on-site that include: high quality, year-round early childhood education, parenting and child development education, art therapy and mental health counseling, regular, family-focused case management provided by our SFSP Family Advocates, health services and education, financial education, and community and public resource referrals.