Parents

  • Did you know?

    76% of Iowans under the age of 6 have all available parents in the work force?

  • Did you know?

    The average annual cost of child care for one infant is $7,620?

  • Did you know?

    90% of the brain is developed by age 5 with 80% by age 2?

Parenting is the hardest job you will ever do and we are here to help! In southeast Iowa there are a number of agencies and organizations working together to provide much needed support to parents of young children, while operating under ever changing community plans guided by the people and communities we serve. You are encouraged to use the “contact us” page of this website to reach out for assistance and we will link you with someone who can help.

Attend an event – throughout the region we help to host programs, workshops and trainings that can be helpful to young families on a variety of topics such as budgeting, parenting, substance abuse awareness, and ACEs. Each spring we host a regional Early Childhood Summit in Mt Pleasant with multiple venues and topics.

Parenting Resources

American Home Finding Association
American Home Finding Association is a private, not-for-profit family service agency. Our services include Adoption, WIC, Maternal & Child Health Pr…
Bright by Text
Bright by Text curates the highest quality content from trusted sources. We provide invaluable information from early childhood experts on topics inclu…
Child Care Provider Portal Search
Child care portal allowing you to search for: Child Care Assistance Eligibility information for child care assistance Locate a child care provide…
Child Care Resource & Referral
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program to support quality child care throughout the state of Iowa. Child Care Consultants provide o…
Childhood Development Institute
Child Development Institute was formed in 1999 and has been providing information to parents through its website ever since. The website currently recei…
Children & Families of Iowa
Restoring Hope. Building Futures. Changing Lives. Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the…
Children First
Children First empowers children and families to thrive and prosper through quality services, resources, and support, in response to community need. Ea…
Coming Together
Coming Together: Talking to Children About Race and Identity Coming Together is Sesame Workshop's commitment to racial justice. We believe in a world wh…
Community Action of Eastern Iowa
Our Mission Community Action of Eastern Iowa’s mission is to provide education, financial assistance, and child care resources to individuals and famili…
Great Prairie AEA
Vision Great Prairie Area Education Agency will be the recognized leader in services that improve student performance. Mission Great Prairie Area Educ…
Healthy Henry County Communities
Healthy Henry County Communities (HHCC) is a community coalition that has partnered with Henry County Public Health since 1999. HHCC unites individuals,…
HOPES - HFI
Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success - Healthy Families Iowa (HOPES-HFI) provides family support through home visiting for families t…
Iowa Family Support Network
Providing Care and Support to Iowa's Families and Children The Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN) is a website that includes information and referral f…
ISU Extension and Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach builds a strong Iowa by engaging all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address current and emerging…
Louisa Co. Healthy Families
The Nest provides parenting education classes and support groups with free childcare for parents of young children. We connect families to resources and…
NAEYC
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early …
Parentivity
Parentivity is funded through the Iowa Department of Public Health by the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.  The goa…
Parents as Teachers
Parents As Teachers (PAT) is an in-home family support program serving Des Moines county. Funding for the program is through Early Childhood Iowa, the I…
PAT Program
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an in-home visitation program for parents with children ages birth to age 5. The PAT program provides parents with child de…
The Family Connection
The Family Connection of Henry County, provides early childhood educational programs designed to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, pa…