The Family Centers are built upon the principles of parent empowerment and leadership development with parent-driven advisory councils. They offer children and parents a comprehensive array of programs in a neighborhood-based location that help children to grow and develop, parents to achieve their own personal and educational goals, and families to build stronger communities. Research on the development of resilience suggests this two-generation approach to preventing poverty by focusing on creating optimal conditions to support families and children will reduce stress and deliberately steer childhood development in favorable directions.