Community Programs

Willmar MOPS (mothers of preschoolers)
WCI’s The Resource Center Program
Pregnancy Education for Teens
Arc Kandiyohi County
Lamaze Prepared Childbirth
Born Learning
The Incredible Years
Imagination Library

Contact Phone Email/Web Site Program Description
Willmar MOPS (mothers of preschoolers)
Willmar E-freeChurch 1305 19th Ave SW
Rebekah Cleary 763-354-8565

Web Site

MOPS exists to:encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.

We meet together the first and third Tuesday of every month during the schoolyear, from 9-11am at the Willmar E-free Church. We have childcare, and moms meet together to share a breakfast, listen to a speaker, have discussion time and complete a creative activity. Registration is required, scholarships are available

WCI’s The Resource Center Program (TRCP)
1300 22nd St. SW / PO Box 813, Willmar, MN 56201
Linda Mathaisen
Program Coordinator
320 235-5310 ex206

Web Site

WCI’s The Resource Center Program is designed to help children, teens and adults with challenges/disabilities and their families in Renville, Swift, Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties. We collaborate with many other regional organizations to get people what they need, when they need it.

We have:

  • networking groups (ADD/ADHD, Autism, Brain Injury, Mental Health and Down Syndrome)
  • speakers and events
  • a sensory program (weighted blankets/lap pads)
  • social skills programming for youth/young adults with ADHD/ADD, autism and other challenges
  • a scholarship program
  • a traveling acting troupe that visits school to share humorous yet serious youth positive mental health messages
  • outreach programs, retreats, referrals, family needs fulfillment
  • an extensive lending library
  • and more!
Pregnancy Education for Teens
301 SW Becker Ave, Willmar, MN 56201
Brooke Gabrielson
320-231-7860 ext. 2595

The PET program offers four sessions a year, with each session consisting of a 2 ¼ hour class, for six consecutive weeks. The PET classes consist of the health educator teaching young women and their partners about the physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and preparing them for labor and delivery. Labor management skills that are useful to the couple during the birth process are taught. Breathing exercises, comfort measures, coaching techniques and ways to deal with pain are some of these coping skills included in the curriculum. Other topics covered include caring for the baby, breast and bottle feeding,
basic safety for children, what it means to be a parent, the importance of a father’s involvement, and methods to prevent subsequent unplanned pregnancies. Various staff from community agencies present information at the classes in order to assist adolescents in utilizing these services.

Some of these programs and services include support groups, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), financial assistance, clothing resources, rights and responsibilities of the pregnant teen and her partner, establishing paternity, child support, domestic abuse, incentive-based parenting training, goal-setting assistance, job training, WIC, social services and public health services.

Arc Kandiyohi County
200 SW 4th St. Suite 25, Willmar 56201
Jenna Weeks, Executive Director
Kala Kaehler,
Office Manager
320 231-1777

Web Site

Providing support and advocacy for people of all ages with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families as they choose how they live, learn, work and play.

Inclusion in the Community is

  • Our Passion
  • Our Priority
  • Our Promise
Lamaze Prepared Childbirth
Jeanette Jacobson 320 978-4150 This class will empower parents to take an active, positive role in the birth of their baby. We will discuss the normal physiology of labor & birth & possible variations in labor. Participants will learn many effective comfort measures for labor & birth & go on a tour of the birthing suites at Rice Memorial Hospital. Information on breastfeeding will also be covered. This class meets year round. Each class series meets once a week for 5 weeks.
The Incredible Years
1234 Kandiyohi Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Jody Ammerman
Public Health
Cheryl Iverson
Parent Educator, Willmar Public Schools
320-231-8492 ext 6322
This is an 8-week class to help parents sort out the discipline issues they face with young children and to set the stage for sensitive, nurturing, and competent parenting that fosters positive social behavior in children as well as enhanced self-esteem. This class is team taught with Kandiyohi County Public Health (231-7860) in the English, Spanish, and Somali languages. Classes are also held in New London-Spicer and Atwater.
Born Learning
311 SW 4th St. , Willmar, MN 56201
Teresa Winzenburg 320-235-1050
A public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
Imagination Library
PO Box 895, Willmar, MN 56201
Teresa Winzenburg 320-235-1050
Web Site

Imagination Library

Imagination Library is a program of United Way of West Central Minnesota that provides free books to children ages birth to five. Download Brochure 

This is a FREE program families in West Central Minnesota can be a part of.  Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home.  He’ she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dollly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old an as long as you remain a resident of West Central Minnesota.  Should the child move outside West Central Minnesota, he/she automatically exits the program.

Designated zip codes of West Central Minnesota include:   55310, 55355, 56201,56209, 56215, 56216, 56222, 56230, 56243, 56246, 56251, 56252, 56253, 56271, 56273, 56277, 56279, 56281, 56282, 56284, 56288, 56289.

For more information or to sign up click here and select the Imagination Library Download Form.

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