Respite Childcare (Child’s Play)
Parenting is an important but difficult job, and there are times when both parent and child can benefit from a healthy break. Respite provides an opportunity to meet a family’s needs in a positive way, free of charge.
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
• Calls to reserve a spot for that night’s session are accepted beginning at 9:00 am each day, except for Friday reservations, which at this time can be made Mon – Thurs during regular hours.
• Dinner is provided.
• Open to children ages 0-10 years.
• A safe and nurturing environment is provided.
• Referrals from community agencies are welcome.
• Crisis Care is also available on a very limited basis
The Nurturing Parenting Program is an excellent curriculum which provides a wide variety of topics suitable for all families. The group setting provides a unique opportunity to explore the wonders and challenges of parenting.
• Classes meet Tuesday nights from 5:00-7:00pm, for 15 weeks. The next class starts January 12th, 2016. Contact the office at 406.728.5437 to register.
• Topics include: brain development, appropriate expectations, positive discipline, discovering new ways to enjoy being a parent, and much more.
• Free on-site childcare is provided during each session.
Parent Aide Program
The Parent Aide Program helps to strengthen families through parent education, role modeling, and support. We use a family systems approach, promoting the belief that everyone in the family is equally important, and equally responsible for change.
• In-home visits (Frequency of visits depend upon the family’s needs.)
• Empowering parents to identify their strengths and build on them.
• Offering positive parenting techniques and helping families apply the strategies in their daily lives.
• Providing referrals to community resources.
• Helping families create safe and nurturing environments for their children.
Support for Families Impacted by Incarceration
We offer programs in The Missoula Pre-Release Center and the Missoula County Detention Facility. During our ten-week session, incarcerated parents are given the opportunity to explore their own childhoods and consider how those early experiences in life have affected the choices they’ve made and the consequences for those choices.
• Our goal is to empower each individual: the child, the caregiver and the parent who has been incarcerated.
• We have partnered with state government agencies, non-profit agencies, and private individuals from across the state to form The Montana Alliance for Families Touched by Incarceration. This group is dedicated to providing support and advocacy to families as they navigate through the Criminal Justice System.