I think we all know by now that "it takes a village" isn't just some tired old saying. This page is dedicated to parents and caregivers. To offer resources for mental health, physical health, managing relationships, breastfeeding, finances, domestic violence, parenting styles, growing your family through fostering and adopting, and finding community to build that oh so important village that will love and support the children in your life and YOU!
Grow your village through parenting groups, community based groups, fitness classes designed specifically for parents and caregivers and local facebook groups looking to pass down, upcycle, and sell household and child clothes, toys, etc.
Check out our Activities page for local and regional events and spaces to enjoy with your child!
Local & Statewide Resources
Parents as Teachers - Parents as Teachers offers FREE in home support to families who are expecting or have a child up to the age of 3!
Ivinson Memorial Hospital - breastfeeding support
WY Quality Counts - a resource for parents and educators in WY looking for information on developmental milestones, resources, free activities and educational materials
WYECBC - Working to Provide Behavioral Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
Feeding Laramie Valley - Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV) is committed to working toward creating a sustainable and equitable food system, and promoting food security throughout the Rocky Mountain Region—especially here in Albany County in Southeast Wyoming, the community we call home. FREE meals and activities ALL summer long!
The WY Department of Family Services offers childcare subsidies, a database of all licensed childcare facilities in the state, and statistics about childcare facilities in your community.
Free Developmental Milestone Screening Services - Developmental Preschool and Day Care Center offers FREE screening services
Harvard Center for Developing Children - Activities to help your child discover and learn through each milestone
Milestone Tracking App - The CDC offers a free app to learn about and track your child's developmental milestones. Download for Android or Apple HERE
Screen For Success - Get free tools to track your child's developmental milestones, locate screening sites in our state, and find resources to help if you think your child is developmentally delayed.
The postpartum experience can be intense, exhausting and isolating for moms and dads. These are some local and online resources to help parents manage their mental health, physical health, and the relationships in their lives while adjusting to the new little human in their lives!
There is no one way to parent and many new parents find themselves trying to change the habits and patterns they have internalized from their own parents. These are just a few local and online resources to help you find a parenting style that works for you and your family, as well as, resources to help break any generational patterns or traumas that may need to be addressed. Choose one, pick and choose from many to make your own, or just learn from other's experiences and forge your own path! You got this!
Fostering and Adopting
Are you interested in fostering or adopting, or have you already taken in a child and want to find some resources and community with other foster/adoption families? Here are a few local resources to help you build the village that are passionate about supporting and uplifting Laramie foster/adoption families!
National Resources for Single Parents
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Assistance paying bills, free dental exams, free medical exams, halfway houses, homeless shelters, etc.