helena-family-developmentFor Parents and Families


Being a parent is the most important job you will ever have, and the time to start teaching your child is at birth. The moment a child is born, she begins learning.

From the day a child is born there are 2,190 days — the critical early years — for caregivers and communities to give children a smart start. The Early Childhood Coalition of the Greater Helena Area strengthens community connections, provides resources and tools, and changes systems to ensure that every child is ready to thrive in school and in life.

Activities for Families

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Enrichment activities for children don’t have to be expensive in fact, many are free. Remember, every experience is a learning experience for young children, from sorting laundry to reading out loud, from telling stories to them to listening to their stories.

Yoga for moms? Parenting classes for expectant parents? Free days at local museums and more? Check out a calendar with a list of events, groups, and activities brought to you by the ECC of the Greater Helena Area.

Being active doesn’t have to be complicated!

This great pyramid breaks it down, and makes it easy for you to make certain your kiddos are active and healthy! A good reminder that simple things like taking the dog for a walk or trekking up the stairs instead of taking an elevator can be a great way to stay healthy.

Greater Helena Area Parks

The Greater Helena Area has an amazing array of parks and other recreational opportunities for your family to get outside, exercise, and enjoy the beauty we share. For more information on local parks, visit Helena Parks and Recreation and Lewis and Clark County Parks.

Helena Parent Connections

Helena Parent Connections helps connect local families with fun, educational, and free activities in our area for children 0-6.  Click here to like Helena Parent Connections on Facebook and stay up-to-date on local activities or call Florence Crittenton at 996.1111.

Hike It Baby, Helena Chapter

Hike it Baby is a new parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. We have a wide variety of hikes and urban strolls, and it’s a great way to connect with people and find friendship, support, fun, and exercise. Hikes are led by volunteers, therefore we ask that you please sign our waiver and come join us. We welcome everyone from mom, dad, partner, granny to nanny to friend. You can find local hikes here, and you can join the private Facebook group here.

Learning and Thriving, Any Place, Every Day

Learning can happen anywhere!  Born Learning has a host of ideas at Learning on the Go. All caregivers can help children learn through everyday interactions and positive relationships. Promoting Learning is easy as pie and vital to kids’ well-being and healthy development.

Activities and Events

  • There’s a site on Facebook dedicated to kid’s activities in Helena! Visit Site
  • Exploration Works has exhibits, educational programming, summer camp opportunities, and more. Visit Site
  • Florence Crittenton hosts an array of educational, motivational, and fun events for kids and parents. Visit Site
  • Helena Family YMCA has fun activities for the whole family. Visit Site
  • Lewis and Clark Public Library offers events, activities, and programming for kids, teens, and adults. Visit Site
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Building Resilience

Childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to other traumatic stressors, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), are common. Almost two-thirds of participants in a 1995/1996 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente study reported at least one ACE, and more than one of five reported three or more ACEs. The short- and long-term outcomes of these childhood exposures include an increased risk for a multitude of health and social problems.

Adversity Is Not Destiny!

However, even if a person faced a great deal of adversity as a child, that adversity alone doesn’t shape that person’s destiny – after all, humans are adaptable and resilient. The single most important factor in a child building resilience in the face of adversity is a strong, consistent, nurturing, loving adult present in her/his life. Many people who have led challenging lives also have impressive resilience in the face of great challenges.

Learn more and get involved.

If you want to learn more about ACEs, you can request a presentation from ChildWise Institute. You also can read about the ACE Study and get involved locally through Elevate Montana, a movement dedicated to elevating the well-being and futures of all Montana’s children. You also can practice building community resilience with Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game from Harvard University.

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Basic Needs Support

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The Greater Helena Area has lots of support for families, including:

  • Financial Help
  • Cash assistance
  • Housing
  • Legal aid, including parenting plans, dissolution of marriage, and earned tax income
  • Transportation
  • Diapers/clothing/housewares
  • Energy assistance

Click here for a full list of resources!

Childbirth and Parenting Classes
pregnancy-resources-helenaParenting is the hardest job you’ll ever have. Everyone needs some advice and help every once in a while. Whether you are an expectant parent, first time parent, or the parent to many, there is something for everyone available in the Helena area.

Check out a calendar that includes everything from yoga groups for moms to parenting classes for expectant parents! Check out and refer people to these excellent resources: SafeCare and Parents as Teachers.

Parenting from the Heart Parent Support Group (Lewis and Clark Public Health)

Lewis and Clark Public Health facilitates a Parenting from the Heart Parent Support Group. Member owned professionally facilitated support group based on Parents Anonymous and Circle of Security models. Call / text Greg Daly at 439.6945. Child care provided. Treats provided: parents are encouraged to bring treats.

2018-2019 Prepared Parenting Class Schedule – St. Peter’s Regional Medical Center’s Education Center

St. Peter’s Health offers parents FREE classes taught by a variety of specialists and professionals to help parents with all preparations, expectations and details surrounding a new baby. All the classes are offered to moms and their partners (please no kids) – and no registration necessary (except Infant CPR/Choking Rescue, which requires registration. Click here.)

Come to one class or to all classes for FREE! Classes are held four times per year in SPH Education Center. We encourage bringing water and snacks to each class. Unable to make the classes? Please schedule an appointment with the specialists using the numbers under the classes and note all insurance/co-payment may apply to services for individual appointments. The class schedule for remainder of 2019 will be published here after January 1, 2019.

Breastfeeding Basics (St. Peter’s Health)

This 2-hour class is led by our own SPH Family Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She discusses the benefits of breast milk, the anatomy and physiology of lactation, the elements that promote successful feedings, determining adequate milk intake and how to return to work while breastfeeding. Click here for schedule. Unable to attend? Schedule an appointment with Melissa Zimmerman, F.N.P.-C, IBCLC, by calling 447-2783.

Child Car Seat Safety

This 1.5-hour class is led by a certified child passenger safety technician. This instruction helps parents to learn the basics of choosing the right seat for your child and your budget; proper seat installation and specifically which position to use, angle and how to secure; and appropriately fitting your child to the seat as it is more complex that the height, weight and age listed on the packaging. Individual car seat installation NOT part of class. Click here for schedule. Unable to attend or need assistance with car seat installation? Contact Kelly at 465-1338 or carseathelpwithkelly@gmail.com.

Childbirth Education (St. Peter’s Health)

This 2-part class held over two weeks is taught by SPH Women and Children’s nurses and covers a variety of labor topics including: signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation skills, pain management options, coach’s role during labor and C-sections. Click here for schedule.

Infant CPR/Choking CPR (St. Peter’s Health)

Nothing is more frightening than having an unresponsive tiny infant. Although you’ll hope to never have to use CPR on an infant, it’s important to learn the basics of what to do. Join our very own certified American Heart Association instructors for a class aimed at giving you what you need to confidently deal with an unwanted situation. This class does NOT provide certification and all attendees must register for the Prepared Parenting CPR class as space is limited. Please visit www.sphealth.org/classes-events. Unable to attend? Please call 444-2118 or 444-2375 to learn more about CPR certification.

Pregnancy and Postpartum Nutrition (St. Peter’s Health)

This 1.5 hour class is taught by a Registered Dietitian to help moms both prenatally and postpartum understand proper nutrition, along with prevention and management of gestational diabetes. Click here for schedule. Unable to attend? Schedule with a dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator® by calling 444-2116.

Prenatal Activity + Postpartum Recovery (St. Peter’s Health)

Join SPH’s very own Women’s Health Physical Therapist for a 1.5 hour class to discuss useful tips and education to remedy discomforts and guard against pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy. Topics include body mechanics with breastfeeding, exercise guidelines, pain management during labor, post C-section or natural birth exercises, Kegel and pelvic floor education, along with critical tips in preventing and treating injuries that come along with normal daily activities during and after pregnancy. This class is designed for those who’ve just learned their pregnant, those who are in 2nd or 3rd trimesters, and those who are postpartum. Click here for schedule. Unable to attend? Schedule an appointment with the Women’s Health Physical Therapist by calling 444-2340.

Women’s And Children’s (WAC) Unit Tour

This tour of the Women’s and Children’s Unit at St. Peter’s Health is led by unit staff. WAC includes nine labor and delivery/recovery/ postpartum/newborn (LDRPN) suites. Each suite features a birthing bed, which allows mom to transition from labor to delivery to recovery in the same room. Please meet in the Education Center 10 minutes before the tour. Click here for schedule.

Love and Logic ® (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

This program is designed for families with children ages birth to age 6. The Love and Logic® approach is fun! This is the Love and Logic® curriculum designed for early childhood. Using plenty of real life stories, examples, and humor, the authors make this a program that parents really enjoy. This curriculum provides parents the skills required to feel more relaxed, hopeful and positive about their children. As they learn more, they’ll discover that parenting really can be enjoyable, and that they can teach personal responsibility and respect without losing their children’s love. Through the use of multimedia we will coach parents of young kids in skills that will give them:

  • Happy, fun families
  • Toddlers who go to bed the first time
  • Tots that learn whining and arguing does not work
  • Meals without the battles
  • Discipline without losing their love
  • Great comebacks all parents need to know
  • Youngsters that grow into safe, smart, confident teens
  • And so much more!

Please contact Kelly at kellya@florencecrittenton.org or call 996.1111 to register.  This class is a $75 value (including workbook), but no one will be turned away.

Circle of Security  (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

The Circle of Security is a relationship based program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure. Please contact Kelly at kellya@florencecrittenton.org or call 996.1111 to register.

Loving Your Baby (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

Loving Your Baby is a group designed specifically for young pregnant moms through age 21. Loving Your Baby meets in a relaxed, encouraging atmosphere at Florence Crittenton’s Outreach Center. Classes are focused on preparation for motherhood, childbirth education, and designing an individual birth plan that honors each mother’s wishes. Classes meet weekly and require pre-registration. Please call 406.996.1111 or email katyb@florencecrittenton.org for more information.

S.T.R.I.V.E. (Florence Crittenton Home and Services)

STRIVE is a group designed specifically for young moms through age 21. This is an incentivized group in which young moms can meet and support one another in achieving success in parenting, relationships and in their education. Attendees earn a $10 weekly stipend and $100 on completion of a 25 week series. Classes meet weekly and require pre-registration. Please call 406.996.1111 or email katyb@florencecrittenton.org for more information.

Safe Sitter (St. Peter’s Health)

A 12-hour, 2-day instructional program for youth ages 11-13. Topics include how to deal with medical emergencies, babysitting as a business, age appropriate entertainment, how to handle a choking child, responsibilities and safety. Students must attend both days. Click here to learn more. For further information, contact the Lewis and Clark County Library Teen Services Librarian, Heather Dickerson at 447-6683.

General Parenting Classes

Child Care Connections offers general parenting courses hosted by a number of community experts. To learn more about available courses, call Brandi Thomas at (406) 587-7786 ext 150.

Early Education and Kindergarten Readiness

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Did You Know? At-risk children who participate in high-quality early education are: 75% more likely to finish high school, 60% less likely to become a teen parent, 50% less likely to be placed in special education, and 40% more likely to attend college. Many people wonder what school readiness is. Ready for school means that kids start kindergarten with the knowledge, skills, and physical and emotional health needed to successfully participate. All kids develop at different paces. Their early years really count! Make sure you are doing all you can to help them be ready to learn and to thrive.

Resources

Head Start

Head Start provides early education to income-eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and offers health, nutrition, parent engagement, and family social services. Visit Site

Helena Public Schools

Find your neighborhood school, learn how to register your child, and more. Visit Site

East Helena Public Schools

Find your school, learn how to register your child, and more. Visit Site

Lewis and Clark Library

Our library loves kids. Check out their programs and help your little ones learn to love reading. Visit Site

ExplorationWorks!

Check out their camps and classes, robotics, Early Explorers, TinkerLabs and Adult Programs to immerse yourself, your family and your friends in our endlessly fascinating world. Visit Site

Family Outreach

Family Outreach provides home based family centered education and support services who have developmental delays or disabilities.  The focus of our program is to teach families and other caregivers how to teach skills to children and coordinate community resources and service to meet individual’s needs.  Educational services are provided based on a combination of family identified priorities and child’s needs.  These services are designed around established family routines and activities.  Participation in our program is voluntary and for the majority of programs the services are provided at no cost to families. Visit Site

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Become a parent-whiz at social and emotional development. How does social/emotional health affect school readiness? Teachers say that social-emotional skills are key to school readiness. Many say they are even more important than “the ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s.” Visit Site

National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) – Montana Chapter

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, from birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. The association supports all who work on behalf of young children. View Site

Helpful Websites

Early Childhood News

A great online resource for teachers and Parents of young children. Find featured content and review article archives, keep your curriculum fresh and exciting, and stay in touch with the latest topics in early childhood education. Visit resource

Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth

Ways to help your child learn in the early years. Visit resource

Kindergarten Readiness Tips

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Talking Is Teaching

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Too Small to Fail

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Zero to Three

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Emergency Preparedness and Planning
Being prepared for emergencies is important no matter where you live. In the Greater Helena Area, we should be aware of and prepared to deal with such hazards as house fires, wildfires, earthquakes, power outages, and severe weather. Being proactive is straightforward and makes sense both for caregivers and their children.

Basic Protection

Basic protective measures include:

  • Assuring physical safety, including (potentially) sheltering or evacuating.
  • Developing a family communications plan. Here’s an example.
  • Making an emergency supply kit. Here’s an example.
  • Learning how to receive emergency alerts and other locally relevant warnings. For Lewis and Clark County residents, register your cell phone to receive alerts or click here for more information.
  • During recovery, considering safety as well as mental and physical well-being.

Specific Emergencies

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Everyone in the family can help prepare, and giving kids the tools they need to feel connected to the process will make them more confident if they ever need to take action.

Family and Child Health

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From family planning and pregnancy to babies and kids, Helena has great resources for you.

Cover Montana: A one-stop-shop to learn about health coverage in Montana

Family Planning

Many people have many questions about this topic. Be informed.

DPHHHS Plan First is a Montana Medicaid Waiver that covers family planning services for eligible women. Some of the services covered include office visits, contraceptive supplies, laboratory services, and testing and treatment of STDs. Click here to learn more.
planned parenthood Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. Click here to learn more or call 443.7676.

Pregnancy: Wondering if you’re pregnant? It’s best to know as soon as possible!

Support for a Healthy Pregnancy

LCPH_Logo2C The Healthy Families team of nurses, nutritionists, and social workers will support you to learn all you can to have a healthy pregnancy and prepare for a healthy baby. Offering the home visiting programs: Parents as Teachers and the Nurse Family Partnership. To learn more call 406.457.8912 or click here.
flo crit Florence Crittenton’s Residential Program and Community Services are aimed at wrapping services around young families and providing them with the tools & support needed to be successful. Offering the home visiting programs: Parents as Teachers and Safe Care. Call  406.442.6950 or click here.
options Pregnancy and Parenthood are filled with uncertainty. That is why Options Women’s Clinic offers a wide range of parenting services and life skills classes. To learn more call 406.422.1011 or click here.
quit line Smoking can make it more difficult to get pregnant, cause complications during pregnancy, and pose serious health risks for the baby after it is born.  Quitting can be really hard, this program helps. Click here to learn more. Want one-on-one support to quit or stay quit and earn free diapers? Call Lewis and Clark Public Health at 457.8912.

Breast-Feeding

Breast feeding is a gift to you and your child that lasts a lifetime. Women who get support are more successful.

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 Healthy Families Program at the Health Department. Don’t want to bring your baby out? FREE Support and lactation education from Registered Nurses (CLCs & IBCLCs).  Offering in home weight checks and lactation counselling. Call  406.457.8912 or click here to learn more.

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 WIC — Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program.  Pumps and supplies for participants. Peer breastfeeding counselor available to support your nursing needs!  Call 406.457.8912 or click here to learn more.

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 St. Peter’s Outpatient Lactation Clinic. After you have your baby, St. Peter’s offers help with breastfeeding if you need it. Call 406.442.2211 or click here to learn more.
 mothers milk bank of MT   Mothers Milk Bank of Montana collects, screens, and distributes human donor milk to infants who do not have access to their own mother’s milk. Click here to learn more.

Child Health

Let us help you find all the resources that Helena has to offer, so your child can be happy and healthy.

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 The Healthy Families team of nurses, nutritionists, and social workers will support you to learn all you can to have a healthy pregnancy and prepare for a healthy baby.  Offering the home visiting programs: Parents as Teachers and the Nurse Family Partnership. To learn more call 406.457.8912 or click here.

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 Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS) is charged by the Federal Maternal Child Health Bureau to: “Support development and implementation of comprehensive, culturally competent, coordinated systems of care for children and youth who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. Click here to learn more.

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 Worried about your asthmatic child? Learn what you can do to help them. A home visiting nurse from Lewis and Clark Public Health will provide you with education, supplies, and support. Click here to learn more or call 406.457.8912.

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 Florence Crittenton’s Residential Program and Community Services are aimed at wrapping services around young families and providing them with the tools & support needed to be successful. Offering the home visiting programs: Parents as Teachers and Safe Care. Call  406-442-6950 or click here.

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 WIC — Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program.  Pumps and supplies for participants. Peer breastfeeding counselor available to support your nursing needs!  Call 406.457.8912 or click here to learn more.

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Smoking can make it more difficult to get pregnant, can cause complications during pregnancy, and can pose serious health risks for the baby after it is born.  Quitting also can be really hard. This program helps. Click here to learn more. Want one-on-one support to quit or stay quit and earn free diapers? Call Lewis and Clark Public Health at 457.8912.

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 Pregnancy and Parenthood are filled with uncertainty. That is why Options Women’s Clinic offers a wide range of parenting services and life skills classes. To learn more call 406.422.1011 or click here

Car Safety for Kids

Keep your child safe in the car! It’s a familiar routine: strapping your child into his car seat before you get behind the wheel. But is your child really safe? Recent studies show more than 75% of car seats are incorrectly installed. Check out the Buckle Up Montana! website to learn more about choosing the right car seat, properly installing it, the importance of boosters in the back seat, and more!

Helpful Websites

The Surgeon General provides a free family health portrait tool, which allows you to enter your family history of disease and illness. This can help your healthcare provider look out for genetic disorders and best care for your child. Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover. You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well. United Way’s Born Learning – Promoting Health website offers tips on healthcare, nutrition, and sleep, so your child can grow up healthy. The mission of La Leche League USA is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. For the Helena chapter, click here. United Way Kansas City’s Born Learning Ages and Stages website helps you understand what’s happening at each stage of your child’s development. Text 4 Baby   Learn as much as you can!  Sign up for this free mobile information service. Mama Lode This online magazine and website are interactive, full of great information, and offer a way to connect to other adults devoted to the care and thriving of children. Montana Parent Magazine This site and magazine offer you another great resource to keep you connected to your community.

Find Child Care and Preschool

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Choosing quality child care can be challenging, but it’s so important! Let us help you.

What to Look for in a Program or Provider

The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers guidance on what to look for in an infantpreschool, and toddler program. For further information about the NAEYC’s For Families focus, click here.

Find a Licensed Child Care Provider

The state Child Care Licensing Program lets you search for licensed providers and suggests what to consider when choosing a quality provider. Visit Site Interested in becoming a provider? Click here for more information. For more information about the Early Childhood Services Bureau, click here.

Family Connections

This organization helps families across Montana find child care through the centralized referral system. Visit Site

Child Care Connections

This local Resource and Referral agency helps families in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties to access assistance in paying for child care through the Best Beginning Scholarship program, parenting classes, and general information about choosing a quality child care. In addition Child Care Connections works with prospective child care providers through the licensing process, current programs with professional development needs, STARS to quality, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and a lending Library. You can visit the websitecheck out this guide to the new CCC site, and learn more about Montana’s Child Care Resource and Referral programs.

Head Start

Head Start provides early education to income-eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and offers health, nutrition, parent engagement, and family social services. Visit Site

Best Beginnings Child Care scholarships

Child care is expensive! Here is where you can try to get some help paying for it. Visit Site or call 443-4608.

Food Access & Nutrition Information

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Whether your issue is not enough, too much of one thing, too picky, or pure love of, we have information for you.

Resources

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SNAP

SNAP (formerly known as food stamps): Food is expensive. This program can help. Visit SNAP site

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SNAP-Ed

SNAP-Ed is a free series of cooking and nutrition classes offered by MSU Cooperative Extension. For more information, contact SNAP Educator Kim Degner at 406.447.8042 or kimberly.degner@montana.edu. To sign up, click here.

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Montana WIC

WIC-Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. A little extra healthy food and education to keep your family well.

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Helena Food Share

If you run out, they are there. Helena and East Helena pantry locations.

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Montana Office of Public Instruction

The Summer Food Service Program. Go to Memorial Park in the summer for free lunch! The Backpack Meal Program provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Visit the Montana Food Bank Network’s BackPack Meal Program website or call 406.721.3825.

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Farmers’ Markets

Both Boulder and Helena have farmers’ markets that offer an array of fresh, seasonal produce and other healthy items to enjoy. Farmers’ markets are also a great place to take your family for a morning adventure. The Helena farmers’  market takes WIC and SNAP benefits. Save your food dollars for local and fresh goods and have some fun to boot!

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Community Gardens

On a budget? Need fun and educational things to do with the kids? Need more exercise? Want to meet cool people and learn new skills? Grow your own food in a local community garden plot! Visit site

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Cooking Matters at the Store

Cooking Matters at the Store teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. The 60- to 90-minute tour is led by skilled facilitators with varied backgrounds: culinary professionals, health professionals, WIC coordinators, Head Start staff and teachers, and others. If you have any questions about Cooking Matters at the Store, contact Lisa Lee at 406.444.3518 or LLee@mt.gov.

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Dinners Done Right

They take SNAP! Teach your kids how to cook and let someone else clean up. Fun and functional. Visit Site

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No Kid Hungry Montana

This site as a huge variety of resources for parents, teachers, kids, and anyone who wants to learn more about providing healthy, nutritious, filling foods. Click here to learn more.

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Ellyn Satter Institute

They are the feeding and eating experts. Click here to learn more.

Eat well on $4/day.

Good and Cheap. FREE. Download here

Health Insurance

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Life happens. Make sure your kids are covered. Children who get regular checkups and treatment for health problems do better in school and are more likely to become healthy, productive adults.

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Healthy Montana Kids

Free or low-cost insurance. It’s amazing how much you can make and still get help. Apply and see. Visit Site

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Cooperative Health Center

Health Insurance Assistance. Have questions about the new health insurance Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act? Certified application counselors at the Cooperative Health Center can meet with you one-on-one to answer your questions, walk you through the application process, and compare health plans. Visit Site

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Healthy Families Program at the Health Department

Are you pregnant and do you want to see if you qualify for pregnancy Medicaid. Make an appointment with our nurses to check. Visit Site

Social and Emotional Health

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“Every child deserves at least one person that loves them to the moon and back. If that feels hard, there’s help. The best way out is through.” – Robert Frost

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NAMI Montana

NAMI Montana supports, educates, and advocates for Montanans with severe mental illnesses and their families.

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AWARE

AWARE. Community-based services to persons with challenging mental, emotional, and in some cases, physical needs.

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Center for Mental Health

Sliding scale mental health services for youth age 18 months through 18.

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Dan Cox Family Care Program

This program is designed to help biological, adoptive and foster families in need with a challenging child in the home

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Intermountain

With holistic, integrated services and a relationship based approach, we help families create and sustain nurturing, healthy environments where children can thrive and grow.

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Family Outreach

Family Outreach provides home based family centered education and support services who have developmental delays or disabilities. The focus of our program is to teach families and other caregivers how to teach skills to children and coordinate community resources and service to meet individual’s needs. Educational services are provided based on a combination of family identified priorities and child’s needs. These services are designed around established family routines and activities. Participation in our program is voluntary and for the majority of programs the services are provided at no cost to families. Visit Site

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Living Learn more. Elevate Montana Find out how adverse experience in childhood effect our whole lives. Learn more. Want to know how to promote attachment? Learn more. Suffering from a perinatal Mood Disorder (formally known as Post partum depression)? The wonderful folks here can help. Learn more.