Centers' Family Fun Fest - Saturday, July 25th

Posted: July 23, 2015

July 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park(11411 Baseline Road in Little Rock)

Centers for Youth & Families and Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park are partnering togeth...

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CFYF Clients Complete Museum of Discovery STEM Project

Posted: July 13, 2015

Museum of Discovery Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project invited eight students from Centers for Youth and Families to participate in their June project. The project wa...

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Five Real World Issues That Worry Young Kids

Posted: June 22, 2015

First and foremost, talk with your child and help them label their feelings. Ask them about their fears and encourage them to put their fears into words.  Listen attentively and empower them to fi...

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CFYF - An Evening at the Movies

Posted: May 18, 2015

Join Centers for Youth and Families to honor Foster Care Awareness Month with a screening of ReMOVED the Movie. This 30 minute, 2-part, independent film follows a 10 year old girl as she n...

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Empowering Lives and Building Futures

Posted: April 28, 2015

The Arkansas Chapter of the Foster Family Based Treatment Association (FFTA –AR) will host its Annual Institute on Friday May 1, 2015 at the Bess Chisum Stephens Center for Youth and Families in ...

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March Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: February 27, 2015

Encouraging Children to Love Learning

As a nation, we are making a firm commitment to education. Recent studies by the National Center for Education Statistics found promising trends:  

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February Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: February 2, 2015

Tips for Helping your Child Manage Homework

Homework is an important part of a child’s education. First, “homework” is occurring on a daily basis, whether it is connected to school, sports, ...

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January Quarterly E-Newsletter: Foundation

Posted: January 16, 2015

Holiday Giving a Huge Success

The true spirit of Philanthropy is alive and well in Central Arkansas! Our community came through in a big way to make Christmas special for our kiddos.


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January Quarterly E-Newsletter: Treatment

Posted: January 16, 2015

Trauma-Informed Care

Centers has partnered with UAMS in becoming a certified trauma TF-CBT trained treatment facility by the end of April 2015. Trauma is the physical and emotional responses to ev...

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January Quarterly E-Newsletter: Intervention

Posted: January 16, 2015

Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids

Centers for Youth & Families was selected as an official partner of Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. Children serv...

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January Quarterly E-Newsletter: Prevention

Posted: January 16, 2015


Bess Chisum Stephens Community Center is excited to announce expansion of water and land exercise offerings. You can check our monthly schedule of classes by following the Bess Chisum Ste...

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January Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: January 1, 2015

Benefits of Exercising as a Family

Typically, as parents our biggest wish is for our child is to be healthy, right? But we know that losing weight and becoming physically active is hard -- we tend...

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December Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: December 1, 2014

How to Teach Children Responsibility

Responsibility is the process of making choices and accepting the consequences of those choices. If the consequence is positive, then children have a good mode...

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Help Us This Holiday Season

Posted: November 27, 2014

The holiday season is so important to our organization. As a non-profit, we rely on donations from you in order to keep many of the programs and services we offer functioning. We also have about 90...

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November Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: November 3, 2014

Seven Strategies for Communicating with Children

What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children?  Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The messa...

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October Quarterly E-Newsletter: Foundation

Posted: October 15, 2014

24th Annual Centers' Classic Golf Tournament Rescheduled

The 24th Annual Centers Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Dover Dixon Horne, will be held on Monday, November 10th at Pleasant Valle...

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October Quarterly E-Newsletter: Treatment

Posted: October 15, 2014

Little Rock Outpatient began a partnership with Little Rock Pediatric Clinic in September. A clinician will be in the Pediatric Clinic one day a week to provide mental health services onsite to th...

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October Quarterly E-Newsletter: Intervention

Posted: October 15, 2014

Therapeutic Family Homes Program has been conducting training on the impact of domestic violence entitled Silent Witness/Silent Victim. This training is made possible through a grant from Verizon W...

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October Quarterly E-Newsletter: Prevention

Posted: October 15, 2014

Community Education

Parent Education Classes have been a hallmark of Centers for Youth and Families Parent Center for the last twenty years. The Parent Resource Library is now housed in the Bess C...

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October Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: September 30, 2014

Anger Management for Parents - The RETHINK Method

Anger is a universal emotion. As parents, it is important to remember that the way in which we handle our own anger is very likely to be observed ...

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Tee it up for Centers

Posted: September 30, 2014

Dog Days Classic Golf Tournament is just a couple of weeks away and we need your support!

This fun day of golf will help to fund the programs offered by Centers for Youth & Families. Pl...

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September Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: September 2, 2014

Seven Strategies for Communicating with Children

What can we do to improve communication—specifically, with our children?  Yes, communication is so very complicated and multi-faceted. The mess...

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First Annual Back to School Cook-Out

Posted: August 29, 2014

In the spirit of academics and an evening of FUN, Centers for Youth & Families Emerging Leaders held our First Annual Back to School Cook-Out over the weekend. To prepare for another important...

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Doing More to Save Lives

Posted: August 13, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Robin Williams. His untimely death is a sobering reminder that depression is an illness that requires much support.  The act of “being there” f...

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August Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: August 4, 2014


Late nights, short shorts, bathing suits, sunglasses, flip flops, loud music, pool parties, and picnics. . . Ahhh summer. As summer fun ends, once again it’s time to join the mill...

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July Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: June 28, 2014

It's Summertime....Seize the Day!!

July is here, and summer will be gone before we know it!!  Here you will find ways to savor the moments to create summer traditions and summer memories – ours...

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June Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: June 16, 2014

Welcome to Summer - Let's Play!

As we embrace summer and encourage our children to relax a little, we, as parents can also seize opportunities to relax!  With messages of, “Rush here, hurry the...

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Centers for Youth & Families receives $20,000 grant to fund pilot Behavioral Health Home

Posted: June 12, 2014

Centers for Youth and Families received a $20,000 grant from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation to fund a Behavioral Health Home at their current psychiatric residential facility for you...

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May Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: May 13, 2014


One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year.

Up to two-thirds go without treatment. 


The terms mental illness, mental hea...

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Resources after Tornado

Posted: April 28, 2014

Our hearts are with the many families affected by the April 27th tornado in Central Arkansas. Weather related events can strongly impact our mental and emotional health so it is important to know h...

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Centers' New Education Center

Posted: April 22, 2014

Centers for Youth & Families is excited to have our new Education Center open for the children in our Day Treatment program and the Elizabeth Mitchell Children’s Center. This new addition to ...

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April Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: April 10, 2014

10 Tips for Practicing Positive Discipline::

April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Communities across America are challenged to observe this month by taking action to ma...

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March Parenting Topic of the Month

Posted: March 5, 2014

Characteristics of the Healthy Family::

The family is the basic social unit of society and, in many ways, an indication of the kind of society in which we live.  Research shows that it is in the ...

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February Parenting Topic of the Month 2014

Posted: February 3, 2014

What is Resiliency?

The capacity to cope and feel competent is what we call resiliency.


Why do children need it?

Resiliency is what helps us overcome the stress, pressure, and ...

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January Parenting Topic of the Month 2014

Posted: January 1, 2014

Physically Fit Families Are Built Here::

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a look at our family’s physical fitness. As parents we know that modeling is the best way to influen...

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It's time to have THE TALK...Yikes!

Posted: October 18, 2013

Help for handling a delicate topic with your kids


October is National Family Sexuality Education Month. Are you feeling anxious yet? Have your nerves over broaching the subject w...

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New Health Insurance in AR

Posted: September 9, 2013

Starting October 1, 2013, Arkansans can shop for and compare health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In an effort to help keep our community healthy, The Centers has staffe...

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Getting Kids to Put the Phone Down

Posted: August 23, 2013

Dwight Garner, literary critic for the Times, took an unusually personal assignment lately—trying to figure out how to wrest his children away from the various technologies that they seem increa...

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Centers Welcomes new Board President

Posted: July 22, 2013

Centers for Youth & Families, the longest continually operating nonprofit in the state of Arkansas, welcomed Kim H. Evans as the 2013/2014 President of their Board of Directors July 1st. Evans ...

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Tips for Parents - Dealing with Divorce

Posted: May 20, 2013

Divorce can be wrenching when kids are involved, but there’s a lot you can do to help children cope.  If you’re a parent dealing with divorce, try to remember your child needs you now more tha...

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Help us Raise Awareness!

Posted: May 6, 2013

May is a busy month here at The Centers. It's National Mental Health Awareness month, so we are busy working with our programs and clients per normal, but also spending time trying to raise awarene...

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Money Matters

Posted: April 16, 2013



When and where do children learn about money issues, such as financial responsibility, savings, budgeting, debt and credit?  Perhaps a little in high school, but a majori...

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Helping Kids De-Stress

Posted: April 8, 2013

April is Stress Awareness Month and as a mental wellness organization, we are sensative to the impact stress has on one's mental state. Most adults have found ways, through the years, to cope with...

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Teaching Friendship & Social Skills

Posted: March 22, 2013

Having friends at any age provides support and promotes mental health and wellbeing. Children’s friendships are also very important for their social and emotional development. Through friendships...

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Transitioning Your Child from Crib to Bed

Posted: March 6, 2013

When should you transition your child from crib to bed? How is the best way to make the move? What are some tips to making the transition successful and low stress for both Mom & Dad and the ch...

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Parenting Book Recommendation

Posted: February 28, 2013

Prevention Services at Centers for Youth and Families offers multiple programs for parents of all, experienced, single, teen, etc...


Often we are asked about books or...

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Feelings Paper Dolls for Children

Posted: February 25, 2013

The therapists in our Outpatient Clinic at Centers have created feelings paper dolls for several of their clients. This is a great way for children who are too young to express, or who don't have t...

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Praise & Encouragement

Posted: February 13, 2013

The term “praise” refers to an expression of approval, admiration or commendation. Praising children by acknowledging their hard work and achievements is not only essential to the development o...

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Check out The Parent Resource Center

Posted: February 5, 2013

Do you know about this little gem of a resource that Centers for Youth and Families offers our community, called the Parent Resource Center?

Come inside The Parent Resource Center and you w...

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Teaching our kids Tolerance

Posted: January 16, 2013

Tolerance refers to an attitude of openness and respect for the differences that exist among people. Although originally used to refer to ethnic and religious differences, the concepts of diversity...

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Recipe for a Healthy Community

Posted: December 12, 2012

Recipe for a Healthy Community

Community mental health and addiction treatment providers in the United States are renowned for their strides to create healthy communities. This is the goal ...

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Giving Back as a Family

Posted: November 29, 2012

There is more to the holiday season than giving and getting presents. It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of trying to buy, buy, buy and the stress of the holiday hosting can be overwhelming...

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Happy, Healthy Families Eat Together

Posted: November 14, 2012

For many families, meal time is complicated by work, homework, kids' sporting events and more. A lot of times, it just seems nearly impossible to cook a meal and sit down around the table to eat as...

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Bullying : It's Not a Phase

Posted: October 22, 2012

October is Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere. It's not a phase children have to go through, it is not "just messing around", an...

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Balancing School & Extracurricular Activities

Posted: September 28, 2012

School & Extracurricular Activities – It’s A Balancing Act

Now that school is back in full swing, many parents and children are beginning to feel a little bit overwhelmed with all t...

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How to Speak with your Children About Suicide

Posted: September 20, 2012

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Centers for Youth and Families was featured on KTHV's Morning Show. The interview story is written below along with a video where Mandy Richardson gives tips ...

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Goal Setting for Children

Posted: September 6, 2012

Most of us are spending the day wrapping up 2012 and ushering in 2013. Many of us are planning and plotting, figuring out what was good and/or not so good this past year and what we hope to change ...

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The Anxious Child

Posted: August 1, 2012

All children experience anxiety.  Anxiety in children is expected and normal at specific times in development. For example, from approximately age 8 months through the preschool years, healthy you...

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Making Day Care a Good Experience

Posted: January 16, 2012

Most child and adolescent psychiatrists recognize that the ideal environment for raising a small child is in the home with parents and family.  Intimate daily direct parental care of infants for t...

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