Programs and Services
Free Parenting Support and Resources for Raising Healthy, Happy Kids
Every Parent Deserves To Have Their Own Village Of Support!
Child and Family Resource Network is a single referral source for a network of family support programs serving nine southwest Iowa counties. Through a variety of programs, we help expectant parents and families with kids under 5 years old with important information, tools and community resources that encourage positive parenting practices, healthy child development and happy families.
The Network offers free local programs, support groups and classes provided by experienced Family Support Specialists for one-on-one help when needed.
CHILD AND FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK SUPPORT PROGRAMS INCLUDE:
EARLY HEAD START – HOME BASED
Early Head Start Home-Based program offers expecting parents and families with children under 3 years old with child development and parenting education through home visits. Family Support Specialists bring activities to support healthy brain growth in children and offer parenting support and education. They also help families transition children into Head Start or other preschool programs at age 3.
• Child development
• Family literacy
• Healthy parent/child relationships
Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page
PROJECT WELCOMING INFANTS INTO NEIGHBORHOODS (WIN)
This program is available to expecting parents or families with a child under 3 years old that do not qualify for Nurse Family Partnership but may have medical issues. Families receive visits from both a Family Support Specialist nurse and a parent coach.
• Parenting and self-sufficiency skills
• Education goals
• Community resources
NURSE FAMILY PARTNERSHIP
Family Support Specialist nurses visit families of first-time mothers (before 28 weeks gestation) until the child’s second birthday. The focus of the NFP model is improving mother and child health outcomes.
• Preventative health practices
• Parenting skills
• Educational and career planning
This group parent education class is for expecting parents and new parents with kids up to 1 year old. Parents earn points for attending and learning about specific parenting topics. Points can be exchanged for baby items.
• Healthy relationships
• Mental health
• Home, car and seasonal safety tips
• Child abuse prevention
Fremont, Montgomery, Page
During visits to the home, Family Support Specialists provide educational materials, development screenings, support and advocacy for expecting parents and families with young children.
• Parent/child relationships
• Growth and development
• Building protective factors
Fremont, Montgomery, Page
WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)
WIC is a U.S. Department of Agriculture federally funded supplemental food program that provides nutrition education and food to income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women with infants and children up to 5 years old.
• Nutrition education
• Access to healthy food
• Referrals to support programs
CIRCLE OF SECURITY
This 8-week parenting class focuses on the relationship between parent and child, along with teaching the parenting skills of encouragement, support and acknowledgment. The class helps parents understand the role of caregivers in offering children a secure base for comfort as they explore the world around them.
• Making connections
• Secure relationships
• Signals of a child in need
• Emotional availability
NURTURING PARENTING PROGRAM
This 16-week class emphasizes the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting and caring household. Parenting education focuses on child development, age-appropriate expectations, creating nurturing routines, effective discipline practices, self-nurturing skills, and stress and anger management.
• Appropriate expectations
• Empathizing with children
• Positive discipline
• Positive parent-child roles
• Empowering children through choices and expression
YOUNG FAMILY INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Expecting parents and families with children under the age of 5 years old can earn points for participating in activities that increase child and family safety and family self-sufficiency. Points can be redeemed for items including diapers and wipes, hygiene and feeding supplies, clothing and children’s books.
• Prenatal and well-baby check-ups
• Early literacy
• Developmental screenings
PARENTS AS TEACHERS
This home-visiting parent education program focuses on helping new and expecting parents with skills for positive child development. Families can begin the program during pregnancy and continue until the child enters kindergarten.
• Early childhood development and related activities
• Parenting practices
• School readiness and success
• Development and health screenings
Cass, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Shelby
GROWING STRONG FAMILIES
Family Support Specialists help parents of kids under 5 years old with home visits to demonstrate developmentally appropriate child activities, provide annual screenings and connect parents with community resources for additional support
• Child development skills
• Resource management
• Health and safety
Fremont and Page
Getting parenting support is easy with Child and Family Resource Network:
We’ll call, text or email the referred family to talk about support needs and program options.
The right family support program will get in touch with the family to get started!
Please call or text us at (712) 355-2615