Promoting Positive Parenting and Strengthening Families Since 1981.
The Parenting Place is a community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is the prevention of child abuse and neglect through strengthening families. Our goals are to help families develop healthy parent-child relationships, to improve the futures of our children and ensure healthy families.
Funding from Donation Warehouse provides nearly half of The Parenting Place’s operating budget, and allows them provide the following services:
Parenting is an important but difficult job, and there are times when both parent and child can benefit from a healthy break. The Parenting Place is pleased to offer free, short-term childcare in Missoula for children ages 0-10. Children are cared for by high quality staff in a nurturing environment and are fed a healthy meal. Available Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm.
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. 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.
Support for Families Impacted by Incarceration
We offer programs in The Missoula Pre-Release Center and the Missoula County Detention Facility. During our 13 week and 6 week sessions, respectively, 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.
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.