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Parenting

All parents need support, but some parents have special challenges such as poverty, substance abuse or special needs children. Snohomish Health District services can help moms and teens find the support and assistance they need during this important time.

Parenting is stressful. Have a plan!

Being a parent or caregiver is stressful.  It’s normal! But don’t take out your frustrations on a child. Have a Plan is a tool to use to develop a personal safety plan when you feel stressed, overwhelmed, angry, and/or at wit’s end as a parent or caregiver. The plan will change as your child grows, and each person that interacts with your child(ren) should have their own safety plan. It is never ok physically harm a child when your patience has reached its limit. Have a plan.


Please use the handout or card to develop your own plan and have others who care for your children do the same. Display it in a visible location and keep a copy with you.

 

 

If you are working with families and caregivers in the community, feel free to share the materials with your clients and share the message via the links above.

 

If you need help or at a breaking point, call the 24-hour crisis line at 1.800.584.3578 or chat with them at www.carecrisischat.org

Health District help for families

The Snohomish Health District is here to help new parents find the assistance you need — from local resources for food and children’s supplies to housing and substance abuse treatment.

  • First Steps Program helps pregnant and parenting women.
  • Women, Infants & Children  is a nutrition and education program that helps low income pregnant women and families of children up to age 5 buy healthy food and provides breastfeeding support
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs program offers support to families for a range of health problems — from educating parents to assessing children's needs and linking families to the resources they need.

Community resources for parents

Teen pregnancy and parenting programs 

Cocoon House 
http://www.cocoonhouse.org/
425.259.5802
360.435.6061 (maternity group home)
Maternity group home that provides housing and case management for up to 5 pregnant teens and teen parents and their children.  Outreach program offers case management, referrals and DSHS assistance.

Housing Hope
www.housinghope.org
425.347.6556
Transitional housing, case management, and support for pregnant teens and teen parents.

Nurse Family Partnership at ChildStrive
www.childstrive.org
425.353.5656
Home visits, advocacy, case management for first-time mothers, 25 years old and under who are prior to 26 weeks in pregnancy at time of enrollment.  

YWCA Pathways for Women – Young Parent Program 
www.ywcaworks.org
206.709.7408
Transitional housing, case management, and support for homeless teen parents, 18–25 years old. Located in King County but available to Snohomish County youth. 

Within Reach 
www.washingteenhelp.org 
800.322.2588 (Family Health Hotline)
206.866.6889 (text line for local resource information)
Health education materials, information for local health resources, and a benefits finder for health insurance and food assistance programs. Can apply online for many programs.

Medical services and health education 

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
800.230.7526
Men and women’s health care, birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing/treatment/vaccines, options counseling (including abortion services), and family-planning services. Offices in Marysville, Everett, and Lynnwood. 

First Steps/Snohomish Health District
425.252.5303 (Everett)
425.258.8400 (Lynnwood)
First Steps offers Maternity Support Services (MSS) and Infant Case Management (ICM) services for a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and support for baby’s first year of life. Available to low-income pregnant and parenting women and infants up to one year of age. 

Catholic Community Services 
425.257.2111

Parenting support and family services

Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program, Snohomish County Human Services 
425.388.7010 / email: eceap@snoco.org
The Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) is a FREE preschool program serving low-income children and families, providing quality educational experiences that cultivate the potential of the whole child, and by providing access to health, nutrition and family supports. 

Early Head Start 
425.388.6439 (North Snohomish County – Sultan, Granite Falls, Marysville, and Arlington only)
425.712.9000, ext. 4503 (Everett)
Free program for children, prenatal to 3 years; home visits to promote the growth and development of infants and toddlers. For pregnant women and families on a limited income; children with a diagnosed disability or special need also eligible. Special consideration may be given to parents under age 21, homeless families, or foster children. 

Head Start 
425.712.9000, ext. 4503 (Monroe, Everett, Lynnwood, and Edmonds only)
Free preschool program for children 3–5 years old in a classroom setting. For pregnant women and families on a limited income; children with a diagnosed disability or special need also eligible. Special consideration may be given to parents under age 21, homeless families, or foster children. 

Healthy Start
425.844.9669, ext. 102 (South County to Casino Road; East to Monroe)
Home visits, parenting education, developmental screening, and support groups for first time parents who are 22 years old or younger and whose child is no more than 6 months old at enrollment. Services continue until the child’s third birthday. 

Lutheran Community Services
425.513.2880 (Familias Unidas/South Everett Neighborhood Center)
425.670.8984 (Family Center of South SnoCo/Lynnwood)
425.397.7433 (Lake Stevens Family Center/GF Outreach)
Information, referrals, parenting classes, early learning support, help accessing services, education and skill-building classes; foster care and adoption services. Lake Stevens Family Center & Granite Falls Outreach site provide basic needs assistance for teen parents—diapers, baby food, formula, etc. 

Volunteers of America (VOA)
Dial 211 resource information line
(425) 259-3191, ext. 1300 (basic need and emergency services)
800-584-3578 (care crisis response line — help identify the best way through a crisis)
Care crisis response, emergency, and basic needs resource referral, Everett and Sultan food banks, and parenting classes. 

YMCA
425.258.9211 (Everett)
360.653.9622 (Marysville)
425.337.0123 (Mill Creek)
425.493.9622 (Mukilteo)
360.805.1879 (Monroe)
Youth events, programs, and family support programs. 

Counseling and support groups

Catholic Community Services 
425.257.2111
Parents over 18 years old may get clothing and accessories for newborns, counseling, and housing support; teen parents under 18 years old can receive newborn clothing and accessories, as well as counseling. 

There are several faith-based teen parent mentoring programs and support groups across Snohomish County: Youth for Christ Teen Parents program (Stanwood), YoungLives (Everett, Monroe, and Edmonds), Growing Together (Monroe), Teen MOPS, etc.



Contact us

WIC/First Steps

Call us for an appointment so we can help.

Everett
Phone
:
425.252.5303

Lynnwood
Phone
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425.258.8400

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Did you know?

Child abuse, substance use by a parent, and dysfunction in a family can all impact a child's lifelong health. We are working to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences through our Community Health Improvement Plan and with Prevention Partners.