Birth-6: Resources

Though this list is not exhaustive, it provides information on local and national organizations and programs that can help in various ways and circumstances to any parent or caregiver that is in need of help. The Library's Community Organizations provides additional information on local pregnancy and childbirth, parenting, and emergency services organizations.

 

Local Resources

All Options Pregnancy Support
All Options uses direct service and social change strategies to promote unconditional, judgment-free support for people in all of their decisions, feelings, and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. Services include Talkline and necessity resources such as diapers, clothes, counseling, etc.  (812) 558-0089

Local Preschool Information
This is a list compiled of several preschools within Monroe County. It is not a complete list, but should help you start your search.

Monroe Smart Start
A leadership initiative of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Monroe Smart Start works on behalf of our community’s youngest learners in the following ways. (812) 333-9016

Banneker Community Center
The Family Resource Center is a place where families can gather information, network with others, build a support system, and enjoy their children in a fun, safe space. (812) 349-3735

Bloomington Community and Family Resource Center
The Community and Family Resources Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Bloomington through programs and services designed to engage residents in service and encourage active participation in government; connecting community members to resources; encouraging collaborations among area non-profits, businesses, organizations and agencies; and celebrating Bloomington's unique and diverse history, character and people. (812) 349-3430

Healthy Families Indiana
Healthy Families Indiana (HFI) is a voluntary evidence-based home visitation program that is designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services including child development, access to health care, and parent education. (812) 332-1245

Indiana Women’s, Infant, and Children Program (WIC)
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutrition program, nationally recognized as an effective means for improving access to nutritious foods and promoting healthier eating and lifestyles. (812) 353-3221

IU Health Childbirth Education
IU Health offers classes (many with a fee), but also provides some free support such as the Postpartum Support Group. (812) 353-4791

Middle Way House
Middle Way House provides empowering services such as emergency shelter; a 24-hour help and crisis line; on-scene advocacy; support services; and transitional and permanent housing solutions to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Middle Way House also touches the lives of community members through its education and prevention programs. (812) 333-7404 OR (812) 336-0846 (24-hr Crisis Line)

Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)
MCUM offers coaching and resource assistance to families and individuals of the Monroe County community who are experiencing hardship. Their program serves to make sure that these crises don’t have to leave families hungry, cold, or faced with utility shut-off or eviction. (812) 339-3429

New Hope for Families
New Hope for Families is the only family emergency housing recovery agency for whole families that serves primarily Monroe County. (812) 334-9840

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. (812) 336-0219

Shalom Community Center
The Shalom Center is an all-inclusive resource center in Monroe County for people who are living in poverty and experiencing its ultimate expressions: hunger, homelessness, and a lack of access to basic life necessities. (812) 334-5728

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)
Provides opportunities for low-income individuals and families to achieve personal and economic independence. (812) 339-3447

 

State Resources

211 Indiana
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need. Topics of resources includes food & clothing, diapers, child care, mental health, and housing assistance. Dial 2-1-1 or (866) 211-9966

Breastfeeding
If breastfeeding is right for you, there are many resources in Indiana to help you succeed. This page details the many ways you can find help.

Maternal and Child Health MOMS Helpline
The MOMS Helpline is committed to improving pregnant women’s access to early and regular prenatal care and connecting them with a network of prenatal and child health care services within their local communities, state agencies and other organizations around Indiana. (844) 624-6667

Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
A community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Each mother served by NFP is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits that continue through her child’s second birthday. (844) 637-6667

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Provides food assistance to low and no income people and families living in the United States. This program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer cards. (800) 403-0864