Preventative Services

Routine health care that includes screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease or other health problems.

Programs Available to Steuben County Residents






**Must be referred through Steuben County Department of Social Services - families can voluntarily enroll through preventative services.

Contact Preventative Services at (607) 664-2112


The Supportive Home and Parent Enrichment (SHAPE) program provides tailored home-visiting in Steuben, Allegany and Yates counties to help improve family relationships and keep troubled families together. We educate families on:

  • Providing a safe and healthy environment for their child or children

  • Child development and parenting

  • Conflict management strategies

  • Goal-setting

  • Accessing community resources

**Family Focus

The Family Focus program offers hope to families facing the challenges of child abuse and/or child neglect by providing parenting education, using family strengths and community resources to help parents learn to provide a safe, nurturing home environment where children can grow and thrive. The program provides family support, parenting education, in-home visits, enhanced/coached visitation to children in foster care, and information and referrals to additional community services.

ProAction Resilient Children and Families

Programs in the Resilient Children and Families domain use a two-generation approach to set the stage for child and family development. Children’s programs cultivate settings that foster growth and learning, while family programs support families as they set goals, discover and use their personal strengths, and reinforce relationships.

Healthy Families

Healthy Families staff strive to talk with all expectant parents and parents of newborns in the communities we serve. Our goal is to identify strengths and challenges prenatally or at birth and provide appropriate information and referrals to help babies get off to a healthy start. Healthy Families services are always free and voluntary and your information and privacy is always protected and respected.

Note: Must have a child 3 months or younger to qualify.

**Family Enrichment Collaborative Home Visitor Program

Provides home-based assistance to struggling families to build strengths, set goals and take steps to reach them. Program offers parenting education tailored to fit the family's needs. This is another ProAction program.

Parenting with Heart

Provides a ten week class for parents who would like more information on being a parent. Classes are participant driven. Class sizes are limited.

Family Resource Centers

These Centers offer a place for caregivers to drop in and engage in the activities that are provided by the center. The Centers also offer classes, workshops, and activities on topics related to parenting. These can include but are not limited to discipline, conflict resolution, internet safety, bullying, nutrition, and preparing children for school.

Select the specific FRC button to see the days and times of operation for each location.

Corning's Nonnie Hood Parent Resource Center provides the same opportunities as the Family Resource Centers through ProAction. They also have a class called, Flip It: Transforming Challenging Behavior.

Corning Youth Center

The Corning Youth Center is a free after-school drop-in facility for children and teens ages 8 to 18. The Youth Center offers a safe, nurturing atmosphere with activities such as recreational games, field trips, arts & craft, tutoring, community service, board games, pool, ping pong and educational forums. The Kids' Cafe provides hungry children with 14,000 free snacks and nutritious meals each year. The Center is located at 79 Flint Ave. in Corning, NY.

Hornell Youth Center

Concern for Youth strives to meet the needs of our youth by offering a well-rounded, comprehensive prevention program focusing on counseling, school-age education, mentoring programs, and STEM activities including alternative activities that serve to assist in building skills and competencies through after school programming and at the youth center. Hornell Youth Center is located at 76 East Main Street, Hornell, NY.

Center for Dispute Settlement

Center for Dispute Settlement provides many programs to support families. This list highlights only some of their programs:

  • Custody & Visitation Mediation

  • Divorce Mediation

  • Divorce Arbitration

  • Parent/Child Mediation

  • Community Mediation

  • Landlord-Tenant Mediation

  • ...and much more!

Summer Learning Experience

The Steuben County Department of Social Services also sponsors a “Summer Learning Experience” for kids who are struggling with aspects of school – but still managing to pass their coursework.  This experiential learning program includes field trips, outdoor experiences, and engagements with peers and mentors. It’s open to all Steuben County residents – reach out to your school counselor for help with the referral process.