Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho
Through a generous donation from the Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a Prenatal and a Postpartum Support group in Bonner County that will also include a Circle of Security series for both moms and dads. The groups will be free to our enrolled Early Head Start families as well as other families in the community.
We feel fortunate to be able to partner with Kaniksu Land Trust who will include outdoor activities and exercise—including walking groups—as a part of a process to focus on wellness. Through this partnership, we will provide social support, opportunities to meet new friends, access to information about childbirth, infant care, child development, and healthy practices and life-styles. We will also provide information on available community resources for new moms, pregnant women, and expectant families.
We expect to begin officially promoting the classes in June and plan to start in July. For more information, please contact Brenda Hammond at 208-263-2569.
We want to thank the Blue Cross Foundation for Health for providing the funding that will make this new project possible! We will would like to recognize Bonner General Health and the LillyBrooke Family Justice Center who will provide space for our activities.
To learn more about Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho and their mission to build local partnerships and collaborate to create sustainable changes that promote health in Idaho, please visit their website at www.bcidahofoundation.org.
Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a nonprofit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. They are guided by their vision to create a safer world for kids and we are proud to be a partner in prevention.
To learn more about Darkness to Light’s mission to end child sexual abuse, please visit their website at https://www.d2l.org
Idaho Children’s Trust Fund
Idaho Children’s Trust Fund provided a generous donation that will fund one series of 8-weekly Circle of Security® classes in Bonner County. These classes encourage both moms and dads to learn to strengthen their relationship with their children, to better understand what their child’s behavior is trying to tell them, and to understand how their own childhood experiences influence how they react as parents.
To learn about Idaho Children’s Trust Fund’s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect, please visit their website at http://www.idahochildrenstrustfund.org/index.php/about-us
Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF)
The board of directors of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) approved funding to support the latest vision screening equipment for infants and toddlers enrolled in our program! We are so excited that our Family Consultants will be trained on how to use the equipment to screen children’s vision during a home visit. This will help Mountain States Early Head Start staff help ensure that vision problems are identified and treated early, so they don’t interfere with learning and relationships. Thank you, INWCF for your generous donation and for making a difference in the lives of children in Bonner, Kootenai and Shoshone counties!!
To learn how INWCF connects people who care with causes that matter, please visit their website at http://www.inwcf.org
Kaniksu Land Trust
Through a liberal donation, Kaniksu Land Trust (KLT) funded three community wide series of 8-weekly Circle of Security® classes in Bonner County.
KLT has provided many opportunities for children in Bonner County to engage with nature and the outdoors through camps, wild-crafting classes and other fun activities. They also had the foresight to realize that the foundation for the future success of such efforts is built by interactions between parents and children in the first three years of life. Therefore, they saw alignment with MSEHS’ mission to serve children under three and expanded their vision to generously sponsor our first free community wide Circle of Security series, open to parents of children of all ages.
You can learn more about Kaniksu’s mission to support healthy lands and communities by visiting http://kaniksulandtrust.org
Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
Mountain States Early Head Start can only enroll a limited number of families in our home visiting program through federal funding. However, through generous donations through community partnerships, we can share our expertise in providing parenting education to help many more families with children who are not necessarily enrolled in our Early Head Start program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, we will be offering two more series of 8-weekly Circle of Security Parenting classes this fall. One will be in Shoshone County and another in Kootenai County. Circle of Security Parenting is an evidence-based program, based on attachment theory, that helps parents cope with parenting challenges and develop more positive relationships with their children. Thank you to the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation for helping us to support and make a difference for even more families!
To learn more about the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation and their mission, please visit their website at http://www.lauramoorecunningham.org/
North Idaho Action Foundation
North Idaho Action Foundation awarded one series of 8-weekly Circle of Security® classes in Bonner County to support Blue Haven Homeless residents. These classes encourage both moms and dads to learn to strengthen their relationship with their children, to better understand what their child’s behavior is trying to tell them, and to understand how their own childhood experiences influence how they react as parents.
To learn more about Idaho Community Foundation’s mission “To Enrich the Qualify of Life Throughout Idaho”, please visit their website at https://www.idcomfdn.org/
VOCA (Victims of Crime Act)
Through a generous donation from the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence, we will be able to train three staff in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI is an evidence-based intervention designed to help parents and caregivers meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. We greatly appreciate their generosity and know that without it, many of our families would not have the opportunity to help their children thrive. Thank you for helping to make our communities stronger.
To learn more about violence prevention services, please visit: https://icdv.idaho.gov
Circle of Security classes were funded, in part, by the Victims of Crime Act, awarded by the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime/Family Violence Prevention and Services Act/State Domestic Violence Project Account. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in training do not necessarily reflect the views of the Grant agencies.
As a recipient of ICDVVA funds, we do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, or age and comply with all regulations and statutes.