This section contains information on a wide variety of programs specifically designed to help children. Related information on other children’s services can be found in the Medical, Mentors, and Parenting & Teens sections.
4-H is a community of young people who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Information at the following counties:
ASERT AUTISM RESOURCE CENTER
Designed to bring together existing resources for families, providers, and self-advocates, and allow them to access a broad array of information to help meet the needs of those living with or serving people with autism..
AUTISM SOCIETY, GREATER HARRISBURG AREA CHAPTER
Promotes opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to participate in the same valued life experiences as do other citizens.
800-244-2425, ext. 8408
PO Box 101, Enola.
BETHESDA MISSION COMMUNITY (YOUTH) CENTER
Develops meaningful relationships with children, teens, and families in the Harrisburg area.
1438 Herr St., Harrisburg
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF HARRISBURG
Serves as a neighborhood based organization committed to serving youth of all backgrounds in developing self-esteem and character and to help them become responsible citizens by providing physical, recreational, social, educational and vocational programs.
1227 Berryhill Street, Harrisburg
1700 Hanover St., Harrisburg
1313 Monroe St., Harrisburg
BRIDGES 4 LIFE
(Tri-County Community Action)
A community based prevention program for at-risk young adults ages 15-21 to help identify, access, build, and apply resources for success in school, work and life.
1514 Derry St., Harrisburg
Helps children facing chronic or life threatening illnesses through distribution of arts and crafts kits.
3303 N. Sixth St., Harrisburg
CAPITAL AREA HEAD START
Provides children’s services for a head start in life, empowers parents and strengthens families.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (CHIP)
Provides health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
CHILD FIND OF AMERICA
Provides services designed to prevent and resolve child abduction and the family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse.
CHILDREN’S HOME OF YORK
Empowers children to thrive, strengthens families and enriches communities.
77 Shoe House Road, York
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Provides professional social services to protect the safety and welfare of children; preserve, support and strengthen the family; and identify alternative care, a safe environment and a permanent home for those children unable to remain in their home
888-697-0371 x 6120
16 W. High St., Suite 200, Carlisle
CHILDREN & YOUTH OF DAUPHIN COUNTY
Dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of children and families.
1001 N. Sixth St., Harrisburg
295 State Dr., Elizabethville
COMMUNITY CHECK UP-CENTER
A community based non-profit organization working in partnership with the community to improve the health and wellness of low-income women and children through high quality compassionate care.
Pediatrics, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Women, 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Tuesdays and Fridays
38C Hall Manor
EARLY LEARNING RESOURCE CENTERS
(Pennsylvania Department of Human Services)
CCIS agencies provide you and your family with information on quality child care and personalized child care referrals to child care providers based on your specific needs or preferences.
FAMILY HEALTH COUNCIL OF CENTRAL PA.
Works with hospitals, federally funded community health centers, free-standing clinics, direct-service agencies, WIC centers, HIV/AIDS service organizations, and other community-based organizations to provide services to thousands, who might otherwise go without needed care.
FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Information on family violence issues. San Francisco main office
GREATER HARRISBURG HEALTHY START
(Program of Hamilton Health Center)
Mission is to improve the health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum women, their babies, families and the community by providing comprehensive supportive services in the communities where they live.
110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg
HEEDING GOD’S CALL
An interfaith effort to eliminate illegal use of guns and gun violence.
219 Hummel St., Harrisburg
Works to support families of children with life-threatening illnesses being treated at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital
325 Woodbridge Dr., Etters
KEYSTONE AUTISM SERVICES
Provides services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
LANCASTER INTENSIVE DAY TREATMENT
Serves at-risk youth from nine to fifteen who possess significant emotional and behavioral health needs.
47 S. Mulberrry St., Lancaster
(Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg)
Offers innovative and effective programs to support children and adults going through a difficult period in life.
3333 N. Front St., Harrisburg
NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN
NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Serves a multi-ethnic uptown neighborhood, as well as the total Harrisburg community, with educational, cultural, social service, basic needs, leadership, and recreational programs for children and their families.
1801 N. Third St., Harrisburg
NEW HOPE MINISTRIES
Youth program offering children’s services to provide assistance with homework, life skills, recreation, educational activities, and community service activities while promoting positive behavior and values. Has centers in Dillsburg, Dover, Hanover, Mechanicsburg, New Oxford and West Shore (Lemoyne).
99 W. Church St., Dillsburg
NORTHERN DAUPHIN HUMAN SERVICES CENTER
Children’s services and youth services.
295 State Drive, Elizabethville
PENN STATE HERSHEY CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
Develops and coordinates research, education, and policy initiatives having to do with child abuse/protection.
5000 Universsity Dr., MC H085, Hershey
PENN STATE HEALTH PEDIATRIC TRAUMA AND INJURY PREVENTION
Only Level I pediatric trauma center serving the 10-county area of southcentral Pennsylvania. Children’s services for managing children’s serious, sudden injuries.
717-531-SAFE (injury prevention)
PENNSYLVANIA STATE RESOURCE FAMILY ASSOCIATION
Advocates for all those who care about children and their families.
PO Box 60216, Harrisburg 17106
PERRY COUNTY FAMILY CENTER
Strives to be family-friendly and to nurture new partnerships that enhance the effective coordination of services among agencies.
8391-R Spring Road, Suite 3, New Bloomfield
Programming helps to rebuild communities and families who are facing difficult challenges and complex situations.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
Keeps children and families together by providing temporary housing at no charge to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
745 W. Governor Road, Hershey
SPECIAL KIDS NETWORK HELP PA
(Pennsylvania Department of Health)
Helps children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities get the services and support they require in order to thrive in their community and develop to their full potential.
UNITED METHODIST HOME FOR CHILDREN INC.
Provides community-based care services to youth and families in need in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. Youth ages 12-20 receive safe housing, emotional and educational support, food, clothing, medical and behavioral healthcare, counseling, and more in a family-like atmosphere.
5120 Simpson Ferry Road
UPMC PINNACLEHEALTH CHILDREN AND TEEN CENTER
2645 N. Third St., second floor, Harrisburg
A federally funded program that provides nutrition services, breastfeeding support, health care and social service referrals, and healthy foods.
Services available at Hamilton Health Center
YORK COUNTY CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES
100 W. Market St., Suite 402, York
YOUTH ADVOCATE PROGRAMS, INC.
One of the largest non-profit agencies providing exclusively non-residential, community-based programs.
2007 N. Third St., Harrisburg