At Family Building Blocks, we believe every parent wants to be the best parent they can be. As a parent, you hear many messages about what it means to be a “good parent” and about what is “best” for your child. We believe you are the expert on your child. And we believe all parents can benefit from support to navigate the changes and challenges of parenthood.

Many parents feel confused and frustrated by conflicting parenting information from friends, family, and media. At Family Building Blocks, we provide information based on the latest research about healthy child development and positive parenting practices. We won’t tell you how to raise your child, but we will provide information that you can use in making parenting decisions.

Being a parent is one of the most challenging roles you will ever face. It is also one of the most significant. Are you interested in inviting Family Building Blocks to partner with your family? We would love to hear from you.

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Call our Intake Coordinators at 503.990.7431 ext. 115

After learning about your family and what you are looking for, Intake Coordinators Michelle and Jose will connect you with the program that will best fit your needs: Relief Nursery, Healthy Families, or Early Head Start.



Early Head Start Applications

For Early Head Start, you may download the applications below. There are no applications necessary for our Relief Nursery or Healthy Families programs. 

Early Head Start: Please return to Helen's Place at 180 18th St. NE.

Qualifications: English
Children ages 0-3: English | Spanish
Expectant Mothers: English | Spanish



COPE Classes


Printable Forms: English | Spanish
To pay by cash or check, visit Chelsea's Place, 2425 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR  97305
Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays from 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Scholarships for women are available - see below.

What is COPE?
COPE is a one-time, four-hour seminar provided for parents who are going through divorce or separation.

The seminar is oriented toward how to help your children through the divorce and providing parenting strategies for after the divorce takes place. This seminar is required for both parents by the Marion County courts. Although it is court-mandated for most parents that attend, anyone may register for this class.

We know that divorce/separation can be a difficult time for all involved. We also know that parents’ actions and decisions profoundly affect how well a child adjusts to the changes.

Parents will leave the seminar feeling like they have more tools for helping their children to thrive and be happy during this transition.

Topics include:

  • What children of different ages feel and think about during divorce and separation
  • How to talk to your children about the divorce or separation; how to get children to open up
  • How conflict affects your children
  • Changing your relationship with the other parent to reduce conflict
  • Shared parenting dos and don’ts; strategies for parenting with the other parent
  • Why children need noncustodial parents to stay involved
  • Information on creating a parenting plan and where to look for resources

2017 Schedule:
November 1, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
November 30, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
December 7, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
December 16, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 21, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
December 28, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

November 18, 9:00 am  - 1:00 pm
December 16, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Chelsea's Place, 2425 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR  97305

$60 per class

Scholarships for Women:
As a result of donated funds through an individual’s trust, partial scholarships to offset the cost of COPE class fees are available for women only.  Participants will need to show proof they are on TANF, SNAP, or Disability. Documentation can be brought in on the day of the class. Your remaining responsibility after receiving the scholarship is $10, which must be paid before the class. Note: Because of the donor’s specific instructions, these funds are only available for women.

Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm



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If you're already partnering with Family Building Blocks, contact your FBB staff to learn about opportunities for you and your family including Parenting Classes, Playgroups, Family Nights, and more!




Available to all mothers in our community.

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All families partnering with Family Building Blocks have access to the following resources:


Helen's Place: English | Spanish
Chlesea's Place: English | Spanish






Coming soon!

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Families partnering with Family Building Blocks receive emergency food boxes through our partnership with Marion-Polk Food Share. Non-perishable food donations are accepted year-round at our locations to support the needs of families parenting young children in Marion and Polk counties.

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Quality and gently used children's clothing is available to families through our Clothes Closet. There is always a need for additional donations of gently used clothing for children ages infant to five years.

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Parents are connected to needed community resources and services including local food banks, medical and dental providers, housing, child care, Head Start, support for basic needs, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence programs, and other charitable organizations that may be able to help families during a crisis.