Programs

Early Childhood Programs Available in your Area

New Parent Program

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

The New Parent Program’s mission is to promote positive child outcomes and healthy families through in-home parent education and empowerment. Home visits range in frequency from a weekly to monthly basis, at no cost to families.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 3 months old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Adair County

Contact

Alyssa Barton at 515.817.0935

HEALTHY FAMILIES AMERICA ® (AFFILIATE)

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

Healthy Families America® (HFA) is the nationally-recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America®. HFA focuses on building nurturing, safe and secure relationships between parent and child to maximize opportunities for all children – and parents – to reach their full potential.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 90 days old at the time of enrollment.

Contact

319.830.9478

HOPES

You can start building a healthy future for your child today with support from LSI’s free HOPES program. Through regular visits in your home, we will encourage and empower you in strengthening your family. 

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Black Hawk County

Contact

LSI’s Waterloo office at 319.233.3579

Crisis Child Care

Emergencies happen. LSI provides free, short-term child care for families who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.

Eligibility

  •  Children must be between the ages of 0-12
  • Families must reside in Story or Boone County
  • A family must be experiencing a crisis (medical, death, domestic abuse, acute parental stress)

Contact

Call our 24-hour crisis line at 515.460.2423

Parents as Teachers

Become the best teacher for your child. Receive personal home visits from an LSI Parent Educator, and learn about your child’s development from other families in your community.

Eligibility     

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Boone County

Contact

LSI’s office at 515.232.7262

People Place

LSI’s People Place offers support and resources for parents of young children. Our philosophy is simple: We believe all families should be empowered with the resources they need to thrive. Childcare is provided during many on-site programs and allows kids to play and learn!

Eligibility

  • Families must reside in Story or Boone Counties
  • This program serves families with newborns to preteens

Contact

LSI’s People Place office at 515.232.7262

Families Together II

LSI’s Families Together II program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Families Together II

LSI’s Families Together II program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Parents as Teachers

Become the best teacher for your child. Receive personal home visits from an LSI Parent Educator, and learn about your child’s development from other families in your community. 

Eligibility     

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Cedar County

Contact

Melissa Tucker at 563.288.4171

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Cerro Gordo County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

Families Together 

LSI’s Families Together program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency

Do you want to earn a college degree? Are you interested in learning how to stretch the family budget? Do you want to explore a new career or build your parenting skills?

You can accomplish these goals, and LSI’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program is here to help you plan your journey, providing the tools, resources, and support to encourage your success.

Eligibility

  • Caregivers of minor children who are experiencing one barrier to self-sufficiency and reside in Clay, O’Brien, Osceola, and/or Dickinson Counties.

Contact

Jennifer Dykshoorn at 319.464.2145

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Clinton County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

New Parent Program

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

The New Parent Program’s mission is to promote positive child outcomes and healthy families through in-home parent education and empowerment. Home visits range in frequency from a weekly to monthly basis, at no cost to families.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 3 months old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Dallas County

Contact

Alyssa Barton at 515.817.0935

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency

Do you want to earn a college degree? Are you interested in learning how to stretch the family budget? Do you want to explore a new career or build your parenting skills?

You can accomplish these goals, and LSI’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program is here to help you plan your journey, providing the tools, resources, and support to encourage your success.

Eligibility

  • Caregivers of minor children who are experiencing one barrier to self-sufficiency and reside in Clay, O’Brien, Osceola, and/or Dickinson Counties.

Contact

Jennifer Dykshoorn at 319.464.2145

Families Together

LSI’s Families Together program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family 

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Families Together II

LSI’s Families Together II program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Families Together II

LSI’s Families Together II program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Jackson County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

Parents as Teachers

Become the best teacher for your child. Receive personal home visits from an LSI Parent Educator, and learn about your child’s development from other families in your community. 

Eligibility     

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Jones County

Contact

Melissa Tucker at 563.288.4171

The Nest of Louisa County

The Nest provides parenting education classes and support groups with free childcare for parents of young children. We connect families to resources and support in the community, and families have the chance to receive free essential household items each week at The Nest.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Louisa County

Contact

The Nest office at 319.883.6067

HOPES

You can start building a healthy future for your child today with support from LSI’s free HOPES program. Through regular visits in your home, we will encourage and empower you in strengthening your family.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Louisa County

Contact

Melissa Tucker at 563.288.4171

New Parent Program

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

The New Parent Program’s mission is to promote positive child outcomes and healthy families through in-home parent education and empowerment. Home visits range in frequency from a weekly to monthly basis, at no cost to families.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 3 months old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Madison County

Contact

Alyssa Barton at 515.817.0935

Families Together

LSI’s Families Together program provides in-home support and services to help you build skills and confidence in your parenting and reduce any stressors at home.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 18 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family

Contact

Samantha Soash at 319.290.9797

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Muscatine County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency

Do you want to earn a college degree? Are you interested in learning how to stretch the family budget? Do you want to explore a new career or build your parenting skills?

You can accomplish these goals, and LSI’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program is here to help you plan your journey, providing the tools, resources, and support to encourage your success.

Eligibility

  • Caregivers of minor children who are experiencing one barrier to self-sufficiency and reside in Clay, O’Brien, Osceola, and/or Dickinson Counties.

Contact

Jennifer Dykshoorn at 319.464.2145

Family Development and Self-Sufficiency

Do you want to earn a college degree? Are you interested in learning how to stretch the family budget? Do you want to explore a new career or build your parenting skills?

You can accomplish these goals, and LSI’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program is here to help you plan your journey, providing the tools, resources, and support to encourage your success.

Eligibility

  • Caregivers of minor children who are experiencing one barrier to self-sufficiency and reside in Clay, O’Brien, Osceola, and/or Dickinson Counties.

Contact

Jennifer Dykshoorn at 319.464.2145

HOPES

You can start building a healthy future for your child today with support from LSI’s free HOPES program. Through regular visits in your home, we will encourage and empower you in strengthening your family.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Polk County

Contact

Alyssa Barton at 515.817.0935

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Scott County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

Crisis Child Care

Emergencies happen. LSI provides free, short-term child care for families who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.

Eligibility

  • Children must be between the ages of 0-12
  • Families must reside in Story or Boone County
  • A family must be experiencing a crisis (medical, death, domestic abuse, acute parental stress) 

Contact

Call our 24-hour crisis line at 515.460.2423

Parents as Teachers

Become the best teacher for your child. Receive personal home visits from an LSI Parent Educator, and learn about your child’s development from other families in your community.

Eligibility     

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Story County

Contact

LSI’s office at 515.232.7262

People Place

LSI’s People Place offers support and resources for parents of young children. Our philosophy is simple: We believe all families should be empowered with the resources they need to thrive. Childcare is provided during many on-site programs and allows kids to play and learn!

Eligibility

  • Families must reside in Story or Boone Counties
  • This program serves families with newborns to preteens

Contact

LSI’s People Place office at 515.232.7262

HEALTHY FAMILIES AMERICA ® (AFFILIATE)

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

Healthy Families America® (HFA) is the nationally-recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America®. HFA focuses on building nurturing, safe and secure relationships between parent and child to maximize opportunities for all children – and parents – to reach their full potential.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 90 days old at the time of enrollment.

Contact

319.830.9478

New Parent Program

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

The New Parent Program’s mission is to promote positive child outcomes and healthy families through in-home parent education and empowerment. Home visits range in frequency from a weekly to monthly basis, at no cost to families.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 3 months old
  • This program is for families experiencing barriers in raising a healthy family
  • Families must reside in Warren County   

Contact

Alyssa Barton at 515.817.0935

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention

LSI’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program supports and educates Iowa adolescents and/or their caregivers. We provide medically-accurate and age-appropriate programming to adolescents to facilitate responsible decision-making and prevent unintended pregnancy. We also provide coaching to caregivers on how to communicate with their youth on these important life skills.

Eligibility

  • This program is open to adolescents and/or their caregivers in Woodbury County.

Contact

Mallory Berkenpas at 712.540.8182

Healthy Families America ® (Affiliate)

Every Iowa child deserves a safe, loving home. And every Iowa parent should feel confident in raising their child to be happy and healthy.

Healthy Families America® (HFA) is the nationally-recognized, evidence-based home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America®. HFA focuses on building nurturing, safe and secure relationships between parent and child to maximize opportunities for all children – and parents – to reach their full potential.

Eligibility

  • This program serves parents within Woodbury County from pregnancy up until their child is 90 days old at the time of enrollment.

Contact

Mallory Berkenpas at 712.540.8182

Teen Parenting

LSI’s Pregnant and Parenting Program supports and educates pregnant and parenting teens who are raising children. We work to increase the capacity of young parents to nurture positive development of their children, to increase educational attainment among young people who are pregnant and/or parenting, and help to connect young families to needed resources.

Eligibility

  • This program is open to all pregnant and/or parenting teens in the Woodbury County and Dakota County, Neb. area.

Contact

Mallory Berkenpas at 712.540.8182

Parent Pals

Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.

Eligibility

  • Families must be residents of Worth County
  • This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old

Contact

Call 1.855.BeMyPal or 563.271.6966.

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