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The Little House Next Door

The House Next Door



The Little House Next Door Child Development Center                                   is one of several programs created for the families of our community by The House Next Door. We wanted to                                 introduce and offer more than a standard daycare or preschool to the community. Our concentration is on every aspect of the developing child. We know that serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures, or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words, or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball, or Ping-Pong, this back-and-forth is both fun and capacity-building. When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences. Yes, we are aware of a child's needs, a families concerns and struggles and we are here to support growth in every way available. We are much more... We are The Little House Next Door Child Development Center.




The House Next Door began as a grassroots organization when several members of the area came together in the early 1970's with concerns about the emerging drug use among the youth in the community. It was incorporated in 1976. The mission of The House Next Door is to promote the healthy development of all people through enhanced family and community relationships.

The House Next Door continues to be a prevention based agency driven by the needs of the community. The House Next Door offers family counseling and programs to Flagler and Volusia counties.  Our mission; “The House Next Door nurtures and empowers families to help build stronger communities.”    As Ann Rogers Fox Grell, our first Executive Director put it, “As we strengthen the individual, we strengthen the family.  "As we strengthen the family, we strengthen the community."​

Family Counseling

The House Next Door has served more than 50,000 families since 1976, assisting parents in retaining, or in many cases achieving for the first time, strong positive parental leadership and respectful relationships within the family. The programs at The House Next Door serve children in school, the community and their home.

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and care for those in our community.

The House Next Door a multi-faceted family resource center that was founded on, and implemented through, collaborative efforts of the secular and non-secular community.  The House Next Door was conceived by the First Presbyterian Church of DeLand and members of the local community.  The efforts of Dr. Hugh Ash and his congregation exemplified how the secular cooperating with the non-secular could work together for the good of the community.  The House Next Door is evidence that it is appropriated, that it is necessary and that it works.


The prevention programs at The House Next Door are based on two models: 1) broad based prevention utilizing parent education, leadership opportunities and drug free alternatives, and 2) targeted prevention for high risk youth with strategies to impact the home, school success, peers and community behavior. Addressing the risk factors and protective factors as identified by David Hawkins is the foundation of every program and the full and active participation of parents is mandatory. The core component of all House Next Door programs is individual and family counseling to strengthen the family unit.

The Little House Next Door   Child Development Center