Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

Helping families thrive.
  • Parent Connection Symposium

    Noted Child and Family Therapist, Ron Huxley, LMFT Speaks at Parent Connection Symposium on September 22, 2017. Understanding Generational Patterns of Parenting Ron Huxley, noted child and family therapist, speaker… Read more…

  • CFS Promotes Staff Member

    Center for Family Strengthening promotes Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia to Director of Promotores Collaborative. “We are thrilled with Erica’s accomplishments in driving the growth and success of Promotores Collaborative,” said Lisa Fraser,… Read more…

  • CFS Welcomes New Program Coordinator

    Gwendolyn Garcia has joined Center for Family Strengthening as Program Coordinator for CFS’ major programs: Parent Connection, Kidz Tool Box for personal safety, Promotores Collaborative, Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and… Read more…

  • CFS moves to new location

    Center for Family Strengthening has moved its corporate headquarters to 3480 South Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo. Affiliate agency ALPHA Pregnancy and Parenting Support is also moving its corporate… Read more…

  • Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition Symposium

    Renowned Dr. Paula Meier Speaks at Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition Symposium May 19.   Researcher, Professor, and Author Dr. Paula Meier Ph.D., RN, FAAN speaks on Breastfeeding the Premature Infant: Bridging… Read more…

Nurse Family Partnership of San Luis Obispo County

 Center for Family Strengthening serves as the Community Advisory Board for Nurse-Family Partnership®  of San Luis Luis Obispo County,  an evidence-based, community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday. Independent research proves that communities benefit from this relationship — every dollar invested in Nurse- Family Partnership can yield more than five dollars in return.

Call 805-788-2068 to learn more about this fabulous resource.  



  1. nfp-logoImprove pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices, including thorough prenatal care from their healthcare providers, improving their diets and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances;
  2. Improve child health and development by helping parents provide responsible and competent care; and
  3. Improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find



 Chris Krawczyk California State Director (c) 916.955.0276

 NFP National Service Office 1900 Grant Street, Suite 400   Denver, CO 80203-4304

 In California, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) programs are implemented in 21 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego (Central, East, North Central, North Coastal, North Inland, and South San Diego), San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus and the first school district in the nation, Los Angeles Unified School District.


 The first California NFP implementing agencies were launched in 1996 in Fresno, Los Angeles and Alameda Counties using the Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed strategy funding. The successful implementation of these initial NFP pilot sites demonstrated to other California communities that it was possible to replicate

a scientific-based health strategy while also tailoring the program to meet the needs of each community. NFP seeks to continue to build new partnerships with medical managed care

entities, school districts, military bases, clinics and hospitals in order to serve the thousands more eligible families in California that could benefit from NFP’s evidenced-based outcomes model.


Funding for the California Nurse-Family Partnership program comes from an array of sources including: Medicaid (Targeted Case Management and Federal Financial Participation); Proposition 10 (First 5) funds; Proposition 63 funds (Mental Health Services Act) funds; Public Health Realignment funds, County General Funds; federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program administered by the California Department of Public Health; Healthy Start; Tipping Point Community; The California Wellness Foundation; and The Ford Family Foundation.

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Societal Benefits

Nurse-Family Partnership is a rare community health program that is based on evidence from randomized, controlled trials — more than 37 years of research proves that it works. This evidence shows our clients — eligible first-time mothers — that if they follow the program and work with their nurse, they can transform their lives and the lives of their children.

National Recognition

  • The RAND Corporation showed that every public health dollar policymakers and communities invest in Nurse-Family Partnership could realize more than five dollars in return for the highest- risk
  • The Partnership for America’s Economic Success found investments in early childhood programs, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, to be stronger investments than state business subsidies when viewed from a long-term, national
  • The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence reviewed over 650 programs with published research in peer-reviewed

Nurse-Family Partnership was found to be one of only 6% of the programs that clearly work, or even appear promising. The center fully supports and endorses NFP as one of its “Blueprints” programs. The project, Blueprints for Violence Prevention, identifies prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness.

  • The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy — a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization — identified Nurse-Family Partnership as the only prenatal or early childhood program that meets its “Top Tier” evidence standard, which is used by the

U.S. Congress and the executive branch to distinguish research-proven programs.





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