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Parenting Resources

Local Resources:

Car Seat Distribution

Early Childhood Family Education Programs

First Steps Central MN - Team of personal nurses in Central Minnesota who offer support and information at no cost

Follow Along Program - A good way to learn about your child and follow their health and development.


WIC - Nutrition support for income-eligible mothers of up to five year old children.


REACH-UP Brochure pg1, pg2: Head Start & Early Head Start - Programs provided at no cost for families who qualify & live in Benton, Sherburne, or Stearns counties.

Mainstreet Family Services - Multiple parenting classes and one-on-one coaching.

CentraCare: Healthy Minds Support Healthy Bodies: Resources for fostering positive mental health in children. 


Hey Sigmund: Mental Health Resources for Parents

Parenting Support Resources:

Safe Families for Children This resource is a faith-based movement motivated by compassion, generosity and hospitality to keep children safe and families supported facing a crisis. They are also currently in need of volunteers in Sherburne County, to help support our local families.


Crisis Nursery for Sherburne County Crisis nursery uses licensed providers to provide a short-term, emergency-based service to assist families with children who are 12 years old and younger, with temporary child care. 


Parent Support Outreach Project  Sherburne County PSOP offers voluntary, supportive, strengths-based, and family-driven services to families. PSOP provides early intervention, outreach and supportive services to families with at least one child under age 10 who may be at-risk. Risk factors may include families who are/have experienced substance abuse, domestic violence, behavioral health concerns for parents and children, past history of abuse or neglect, and/or homelessness.


Mainstreet Family Services

Our mission is to provide parents the practical strategies they need so their families can thrive! With support and community we hope to help you love parenting!

Multiple parenting classes to chose from Day and evening class times Virtual and face to face options Sign up on Eventbrite or call One on one parent coaching is available

Mental Health:

Children’s Mental Health Sherburne County offers voluntary services to families who qualify, and who are needing services to support their children’s mental health. 


Four County Crisis Response Team The Sherburne County Crisis Response Team can travel to homes or community locations in the four-county area to help individuals in crisis cope with immediate stressors. The team can do suicide assessment, safety planning, coping skills education and make appropriate referrals. 


Crisis Text Line  You will be connected with a crisis counselor who can support you with any painful emotions, not just thoughts of suicide. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A national network of local crisis centers that provides emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7. 


The Trevor Project: A crisis service aimed at supporting LGBTQ youth. The service is free, confidential, and available 24/7.

Healing for Kids After Parental Addiction:

Sesame Street Communities

Videos for kids ages 4-10 from Sesame Street, to help talk with kids about parental addiction.


Hazelden Resources for Children/Teens

Resources such as books for kids or teens, books for parents, activities



Alateen for young people aged 13-18 years old who have been affected by someone they love’s addiction. There is Alateen chat, teen literature and information for local OR online Alateen meetings for additional support.

The Empowered Parent Podcast Trauma-informed parenting resource.

Substance Use/Abuse:

Sherburne County Substance Use Prevention Coalition (SUP) Resources are available for parents and teens in Sherburne County in an effort to make the community safer, healthier and drug-free by focusing on preventing the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among our youth.

Alateen Mobile App This app is for young people aged 13 to 18 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. We are invited to share experience, strength, and hope with other teens. Alateen meetings in the Mobile App are moderated. The meetings are available only to Alateens and take place when the assigned adult Alateen Group Sponsors are present.. At this time, Electronic Alateen meetings can only be accessed in the Al‑Anon Family Groups Mobile App.


Parenting, building resiliency, brain development and building relationships:

Heather Forbes

Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control I & II

Dare to Love


Dan Siegel

Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive

The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How their Brains Get Wired


Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog A story of childhood traumas and how love and support helped to heal these traumas.

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential -- and Endangered


Ross Greene

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Raising Human Beings How to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience and independence.


Gordon Neufield and Gabor Mate

Hold Onto Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter more than Peers


Lisa Spiegel

Using Internal Family Systems with Children


Mollie Heibert & Jennifer Platt

Doodles, Dances and Ditties: A Trauma Informed Somatosensory Handbook

Dr. Mona Delahooke

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges

Parenting Children with Behavioral Challenges and/or Trauma:

Russel Barkley, PhD

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents


Mark Bertin MD & Ari Tuckman, PsyD

Mindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guild for Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress and Helping Children Thrive


Dr. Mona Delahooke

Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges


Elizabeth Warner, PsyD., Anne Westcott, LICSW, Alexandra Cook, PhD and Heather Finn, LICSW

Transforming Trauma in Children and Adolescents: An Embodied Approach to Somatic Regulation, Trauma Processing, and Attachment Building


Margaret Blaustein Ph.D. and Kristine Kinnieburgh

Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents: How to Foster Resilience Through Attachment


Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz

The Boy Who Was Raised as A Dog A story of childhood traumas and how love and support helped to heal these traumas.

Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential -- and Endangered


Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D.

The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child

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