Learn more about parenting,
children, and child development. The community can help by offering opportunities for parents to learn about the development of their child and connecting parents to parents.
What it looks like:
Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development.
Seeking, acquiring and using accurate and age/stage-related information about:
a) parental behaviors that lead to early secure attachments
b) the importance of:
being attuned and emotionally available to one's child
being nurturing, responsive, and reliable
regular, predictable, and consistent routines
interactive language experiences
providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for one's child
providing opportunities for one's child to explore and to learn by doing
c) appropriate developmental expectations
d) positive discipline techniques
e) recognizing and attending to the special needs of a child
To report suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment, in Idaho call
Statewide: 1-855-552-5437 (KIDS) or Treasure Valley: 208-334-5437 (KIDS)
North Idaho Parental Knowledge Resources
Nurse Family Partnership
The Panhandle Health Nurse Family Partnership guides low-income mothers in Kootenai, Bonner, and Shoshone counties preparing for their first baby. Through regular home visits, nurses provide support, education, and encouragement from birth until two years of age.
Mountain States Early Head Start
Serving low income families from pregnancy through age 3 in Kootenai, Bonner, and Shoshone counties. Mountain States provides FREE home visits and play groups helping to address the social, emotional, health, dental, nutritional, and developmental needs of your child.
Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation
INW SIDS is dedicated to educating the public on safe infant sleep, bringing awareness to SIDS/SUID and providing emotional support to those who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss. Sign up for a Safe Sleep 101 and Car Seat Safety Class today.
Text4baby is the first mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging.Women who text BABY to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.
North Idaho College
North Idaho College Head Start is a school-readiness program that provides education and support for young children and their families. Free for income-eligible families. For children ages 3 or 4 before September 1.
The Education Information Center
The Education Information Center provides one stop for all of your Northern Idaho education questions, Pre-K through University. Find school lists, tutoring help, after school programs, and much more.
Ready! for Kindergarten
United Way of North Idaho offers a FREE kindergarten preparedness class to parents and caregivers, equipping them with the tools necessary to help
2-5YO children develop strong brain connections for success in school. Each session will provide you with learning targets and take-home activities.
St. Vincent de Paul's program ICARE is a strengths-based child development & school readiness program. ICARE offers parenting classes, FREE individualized home visit services in Kootenai & Shoshone Counties, and child sexual abuse prevention workshops.
LiLI, or Libraries Linking Idaho, provides you with activities, reading activities, and STEM games, newsletter opportunities, and more for your child.
Vroom for young children
Vroom is a set of tools and resources from the Bezos Family Foundation designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines.