Family Resource Center

403 N. Hayes
Contact:  Heather Kemp
The Family Resource Center is the home office for the Bannock Youth Foundation.  We provide a variety of family services offering support for parents in their efforts to nurture children.  Our mission is to strengthen families and promote the well-being of children through parent education and support.”


The Nurturing Program is designed for all families with children between the ages of birth to twelve.  Specific ages targeted include:

  • Developmental Playgroups
  • Infant, Toddler and Preschool Workshops
  • Parents & School-Age Children Workshops
  • Teen Parent Curriculum

Target areas include:

  • Providing parents with effective discipline strategies appropriate for their child’s age.
  • Support and skill building for youth dealing with the stress of peer pressure and growing up.
  • Increased respect among family members.

- Classes are available weekday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This is a 12-14 week program.

- The entire family is invited and encouraged to attend.

- The cost for the program is $20 for the entire family and dinner is included.

Nurturing Program - Developmental Playgroups

The Family Resource Centers offers developmental playgroups for children and their parents.  Any family with a child under the age of 3 is welcome to participate.

Children are placed in groups by their age so they are able to interact with their peers.  Parents are required to attend with their children and will participate in a Nurturing Parenting Workshop.

Nurturing Program Workshop for parents with Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Nurturing Program for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers is designed for all families with newborns to 5 year olds.

Nurturing workshops include:

  • Recognizing and understanding feelings
  • Infant and child massage
  • Nurturing parenting routines
  • Alternatives to hitting
  • Child development
  • Ways to build self-esteem and self-concept in children and self

Nurturing Program Workshop For Parents and their School-Age Children

The Nurturing Program for Parents their School-Age Children is designed for all families with children between the ages of 6 to 12.

Sessions include:

  • Developing family rules
  • Expressing anger without violence
  • Giving and receiving positive recognition
  • Using gentle touch
  • Discipline without spanking, hitting or yelling
  • Communicating feelings honestly
  • Developing quality “time-in”
  • Practicing nurturing routines
  • Using their personal power in positive ways
  • Playing and having fun as a family

This is a 14 week group based program.  Each session lasts 2½ hours.  Class starts at 5:30.  Parents and children ages 6-12 are encouraged to attend.  Child care is available for children under age 5.  Space is limited.  The cost for the program is $20 for the entire family and dinner is included.

This workshop is available in both Pocatello and American Falls.


BabySteps is a prenatal education and incentive program for pregnant women and their families to promote healthier pregnancies, babies and families.  Any family who is expecting or has a child under 18 months of age can enroll in BabySteps.  Participants earn points by taking education classes, prenatal care and predetermined healthy choices.  Points can be redeemed for maternity and baby items such as diapers, furnishings and other supplies.

Check out the BabySteps Calendar!


Occasionally the Family Resource offers training that is open to the community.  Most are specific to the social service and counseling fields Please check this page regularly for any upcoming trainings.