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Kids and Kin: Free Help for Those Providing Childcare to Relatives’ Children in Tuscaloosa County - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper.

Kids and Kin: Free Help for Those Providing Childcare to Relatives’ Children in Tuscaloosa County

More and more extended relatives are helping to care for relatives’ children. What if they need help? That’s where the Family Guidance Center’s “Kids and Kin” program comes into play. It is a free program designed to provide support and assistance for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings who provide childcare for their relatives’ kids.

Several classes are available in the Tuscaloosa area. Child Care Partner Tammy Ross said she’s excited that the program is expanding across the state, offering local families assistance.

“When you join us in a Kids & Kin group, you will be learning from experts on a variety of educational child care topics; for example: child development, positive discipline and guidance, health & safety, special needs, and much more,” Ross said.

Ross adds that Kids and Kin groups are fun, educational, and beneficial for today’s child care provider, and that the providers are connected with resources in their particular county. The Alabama Department of Human Resources funds the program.

Here are the upcoming events, held on Tuesdays from 10-12 a.m. at the PARA McDonald Hughes Activity Center (2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd) in Tuscaloosa.

March 28: Helicopter Parenting: Does it help or hurt kids?

April 4: Community Services Day: Safe Sleep with AL Dept of Public Health

Programs of the United Way and 211
Wellness with Walgreens

April 11: Children & Domestic Violence

April 18: Weaver Bolden Tuscaloosa Library Trip

May 9: How to Help a Struggling Reader

May 23: Recognition Day

June 13: Welcome to the Zoo Part 1

June 27: Welcome to the Zoo Part 2


The Kids and Kin Program is also available in Hale, Bibb, and Perry Counties. For more information about the program, call Tammy Ross at (205) 535-0718 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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