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Programs and Mentoring

Parenting is hard. Find information here to help you prepare for a new arrival or succeed with your current children.

Becoming a new parent can feel daunting and overwhelming. Below are some resources that can help, now or after your new child arrives. 

B4Babies & Beyond

B4Babies & Beyond is a free service offered by Hilltop. Are you pregnant and cannot afford what is offered by your employer? Do you have children that are uninsured? B4Babies & Beyond offers temporary insurance cards for Medicaid and Child Health Plan (CHP+). This service helps find a physician, with referrals and translation for Spanish-speaking women. Nearly 50 percent of all pregnant women use B4Babies & Beyond. To see if you qualify, click here or call (970) 683-2634.

Car Seat Safety Program

“Click it or ticket” is the rhyme we all know for wearing our seatbelts, but what do we know about car seat safety? Let us help you learn how to safely transport your child! Call (970) 254-4112 to make a one-on-one appointment. Click here for more information.

Childbirth and Infant Care Classes, St. Mary’s Hospital

If you don’t know what to expect or haven’t had a child in a while and need a refresher, check out classes offered by St. Mary’s Hospital. They have a variety of classes that include childbirth education for moms and dads, specialty classes geared toward young moms, classes for siblings, and also express education classes on Saturdays. Click here or call Charlotte at (970) 295-2229 for more information and class times.

Center for Infant Feeding, St. Mary’s Hospital

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to have a healthy baby and a healthy mom. Certified lactation educators can provide you with the skills and tools to make breastfeeding enjoyable. For more information, call (970) 298-2229 or click here.

Family First

The Family First program offered by Hilltop empowers parents with the skills to have a h5, healthy family. Services include weekly classes and support groups led by a parent educator, in-home visits beginning before the baby is born, referrals, support, training camp for first time fathers and much more! The program focuses on the relationship between you and your baby. As your family grows, you want the best possible start! Parents can enroll if they are expecting and/or have children from ages 0 to 3. To get started, click here or call (970) 244-0460.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership is a program offered by the Mesa County Health Department. It is designed to help first-time mothers and their children begin a healthy life together. Nurses provide support through pregnancy and the first two years of parenting. Taking care of yourself, preparing for childbirth and caring for your new baby is challenging and rewarding! NFP can help. To be eligible for this free program, women need to be expecting their first child and within 200 percent of the federal poverty line. For more information, go here  or call (970) 248-6900.

Pregnancy Center of Grand Junction

Free services: pregnancy testing, information on parenting and pregnancy and referrals for future services. Supplies such as maternity and baby clothes, diapers and formula are also available. For more information, click hereor call (970) 241-7474.

SafeCare Colorado

In an effort to keep kids safe and families healthy, Safe Care Colorado offers proactive, in-home, voluntary services to families with children under the age of 5. This evidence-based program assists families in understanding healthy, developmental and safety needs of young children. To see if your family qualifies for this prevention program, call the Mesa County Health Department at (970) 248-6900 or click here.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC, offered by the Mesa County Health Department, is a supplemental food and nutrition program designed to improve the health of women, infants and children up to 5 years of age. The program provides nutrition education and referrals to other health care programs. WIC also provides families with extra food, which can include fresh milk, eggs, beans, cheese, peanut butter, cereal, tuna, carrots, infant juice and special infant formula. To see if your family qualifies, click here or call (970) 248-6900.

Being a parent is not only rewarding, but also stressful. You are not alone when it comes to raising a child. Strengthen your parenting skills by getting involved with a local program listed below.

Cooking Matters

Need help in the kitchen? Want to improve your cooking knowledge and skills? Look no further. Hilltop’s Cooking Matters offers free two-hour classes once a week for six weeks. Cooking classes mean you and your family will be eating nutritious, delicious food at the classes. Then you get to take home groceries! How can it get any better? Chefs and dieticians are available to answer questions during the program as well. For more information, call (970) 260-0279.

Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families

Check out this early childhood council for information on prevention, education, support and overall health and wellness for your family. This organization has monthly events, so be sure to check the calendar. For more information, click hereor call (970) 683-4303.

Nurse-Family Partnership

Nurse Family Partnership is a program offered by the Mesa County Health Department. It is designed to help first-time mothers and their children begin a healthy life together. Nurses provide support through pregnancy and the first two years of parenting. Taking care of yourself, preparing for childbirth and caring for your new baby is challenging and rewarding! NFP can help. To be eligible for this free program, women need to be expecting their first child and within 200 percent of the federal poverty line. For more information, go here or call (970) 248-6900

The Parenting Place

The Parenting Place is a place for all parents! This program offers education and resources to families in order to develop parenting skills and a h5 parent community. For more information about upcoming classes, call (970) 254-8240 or click here.

Rocky Mountain Service, Employment and Redevelopment’s Head Start Program

Do you have a child entering kindergarten in the next couple of years? Let Head Start equip your child with social and cognitive development through a creative curriculum so they are ready to learn in kindergarten. For more information, go here or call (970) 244-0869.

SafeCare Colorado

In an effort to keep kids safe and families healthy, Safe Care Colorado offers proactive, in-home, voluntary services to families with children under the age of 5. This evidence-based program assists families in understanding healthy, developmental and safety needs of young children. To see if your family qualifies for this prevention program, call the Mesa County Health Department at (970) 248-6900 or click here.

Starting Conversations

Talking to your kids about risky behaviors can be challenging. It’s important to start these open, honest conversations with your kids, even if it’s uncomfortable. Click here for tips about talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol.

We Can!

Being overweight or obese can negatively impact a child’s life. Parents, it’s not too late to make a difference. Join the We Can! Program offered by Western Colorado Pediatric Associates and Mesa County. Weekly sessions are on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Primary Care Partners, 3150 N. 12th St., and are held for families to learn how to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. All families are welcome; insurance is billed for this service. Games and snacks are provided. For more information, call (970) 243-5437 and ask for Western Colorado Pediatric Associates.

Raising a child(ren) with disabilities is challenging and rewarding. Did you know there are local resources that can strengthen your parenting skills and offer support specifically for children with disabilities?

STRiVE

Parents facing the challenges of raising a child with developmental and/or behavioral delays may benefit from individualized intervention and support services. Services include learning new skills for communicating, problem solving, social integration and coping. For more information, visit or call (970) 243-3702.

Center for Independence

This organization offers a variety of programs to empower individuals with disabilities. Services include hearing, youth transition programs and recreational health and wellness. For more information, clickhere or call (970) 244-5526

Special Olympics, Colorado Western Slope

Disabled children have the opportunity to participate in year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. By participating, it gives children with disabilities physical fitness, confidence building and empowerment. Get your athlete started today by clicking here or calling 1-800-777-5767.