Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home Visitation Program: Your child is born to learn. In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life. You are your child’s first and most important teacher, but being a parent can be hard work. The PAT program can help you capture the everyday teachable moments with specific when, what, how and why advice to maximize your child’s early brain, motor, social and emotional development. This nationally acclaimed, research based, education and support program is offered free of charge to interested families with children ages prenatal to 5 years. PAT offers personal visits, with one of our certified PAT Parent Educators, customized for the needs of your family. Visits can be held at your home, NCFR or a community location.
To sign up or learn more about Parents as Teachers call 715-634-2299 or 800-733-KIDS.
Community Response: This program is a free service designed to strengthen and support families. Your needs will determine what services will be offered to you. You are in control of what happens. Program staff will partner with you and your family, if you choose to volunteer for the program. Any contact with the Community Response Program at NCFR is completed confidential, unless you choose to release information to an outside source. If you are interested in this program, or have additional questions, please contact NCFR by calling (800) 733-KIDS.
Parents Forever: This parent education class is geared towards families who are divorced, separated or in a
co-parenting situation. This course helps parents to understand how children are affected during this family transition. It also helps parents to understand the loss and grief children may feel during this time. This free course is presented in two sessions, you must attend both sessions to complete this program. Parents Forever will be held in two locations to accommodate parents busy schedules. When sessions are located at Northwest Connection Family Resources free childcare is available. When sessions are located at LCO Hotel childcare is not provided.
Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI): This program is designed for parents and infants (up to 3 years of age) to interact together with fun floor activities, songs, and books. Parents will get information about their child’s development, temperament and interests while having fun at the same time!
Parent Café: Through Parent Cafés, parents will work to build Protective Factors in their families. Over the course of 3 evening sessions, parents will discuss 3 separate themes. These themes incorporate the Protective Factors and provide a framework for parents to relate them to their own lives. Parents gather in small groups at individual tables to explore questions and have a discussion, which is facilitated by a Parent Host. Parent Cafés are unique in that every parent’s voice is heard. These Parent Cafés are an avenue for parents to come together to talk, to listen, and to support other with stressors, worries and challenges that many have struggled with alone.
1,2,3,4 Parents!: Is parenting your little one tougher than you thought it would be? 1,2,3,4 Parents! can help. Using videos, activities, and group discussion, a facilitator will help you learn important skill for parenting your young child. This workshop will give you tips on positive discipline, preventing tantrums, how to make rules your child will follow, routines that make life easier, how to childproof your home and great ways to take care of yourself, too! There are four sessions for this course.
Breastfeeding Support Group: Are you nursing an infant, baby, toddler or pre-schooler? Maybe you are pregnant and want to learn more about breastfeeding mothers in the community that are considering breastfeeding or are breastfeeding their child. This is a safe environment for pregnant and breastfeeding women to come together, share, learn from, and encourage each other. Children are welcome. Breastfeeding Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the playroom at NCFR. Breastfeeding Support Group is sponsored by Sawyer County WIC and is open to all members of the community, not just those who participate in the WIC program.
For more information call Deb at (715) 558-3379. WIC is an Equal Opportunity Program.
Car Seat Safety: Northwest Connection Family Resources has a Certified Car Seat Technician who is available to properly install car seats and to educate on car seat safety.
Parent Warmlines: If you have a non-emergency parenting question or need support on the day-to-day challenges of parenting call us at (715) 634-2299 or (800) 733-KIDS to chat with a friendly NCFR staff member. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, or if you have a question after hours, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate if you want us to call you back the next working day or if you prefer a response by e-mail.