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
The Panhandle Health District's Nurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary program in Kootenai, Bonner, Boundary, Benewah and Shoshone counties that partners low-income first-time mothers with registered nurses. Through regular home visits, nurses provide support, education, and encouragement during pregnancy and until the child is two years of age.
Safe Start: Infant and Child Health & Safety
Safe Start offers childbirth, safe infant sleep, car seat safety, and child safety classes to parents, grandparents, caregivers, and medical professionals.
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.
Early Head Start
Serves low-income families during pregnancy through age 3 in Kootenai, Bonner, and Shoshone counties. Mountain States Early Head Start (MSEHS) provides FREE home visits and play groups helping to address the social, emotional, health, dental, nutritional, and developmental needs of your child.
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 with children ages 3 or 4 before September 1st.
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, driver's education information and much more.
ICARE Program of St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho
St. Vincent de Paul's ICARE is a strengths-based parent education program that partners with parents to build stronger families. ICARE offers parenting classes, free individualized home visit services to families in Kootenai & Shoshone Counties, as well as Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention workshops.
Ready! for Kindergarten
Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI)
United Way of North Idaho offers a FREE kindergarten preparedness class to parents and caregivers, equipping them with the tools necessary to help 2-5 year-old children develop strong brain connections for success in school. Each session will provide you with learning targets and take-home activities.
Libraries Linking Idaho (LiLI) provides free access to online tools for educational, business and recreational needs. Also includes databases for personal and professional development.
Vroom for young children
Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into “Brain Building Moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines. Funded by the Bezos Family Foundation with hope that all children have the chance to become thriving adults.