Polk County Decategorization

Parenting/Support Services for Families


Encouraging and equipping men to effectively father the next generation.

Fatherhood classes at the Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families are facilitated, peer-driven, small group format that will cover discipline, communication, formative relationships, father-mother partnership, physical and emotional development and social modeling.

  • New Dads​
  • Divorced Dads
  • Dads of Teenagers
  • Dads of Young Children
  • Formerly Incarcerated Dads
  • Foster Care Dads
  • Faith-based and Non Faith-based Dads
  • Teen Dads
  • Men in Fathering Roles

Sessions held on:

  • Mondays: 5-7pm
  • Tuesdays: 10am-12pm


Evelyn K. Davis Center
801 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50314


Please call Keith Meeks at 515-339-1210 or dwpdsm@gmail.com.

The Parenting Program - YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Serving Polk County
NOW - June 30, 2020

The YMCA of Greater Des Moines offers the The Parenting Program  designed to help stregthen parental skills and involvement of parents with their children.  On-going weekly classes are held for fatherhood, motherhood and co-parenting at Y locations including the John R. Grubb YMCA and the South Suburban YMCA.  The classes offer support in such areas as health and nutrition, effective communication, being a positive role model, co-parenting, financial education and community resources.

For more information contact:
Ben Bell at ben.bell@dmymca.org

The Science of Parenting: ISU Extension

current research + a dose of reality = parenting success

Here at Science of Parenting, we believe in the power of parents who, when armed with trustworthy information, are better able to make decisions about what is best for their children and their family. Therefore, we offer parents access to current research around child-rearing so they can find the information when they need it most.

A FREE, ONLINE Resource for parenting information topics range from every parenting to skills needed to get through challenging moments:


Parenting Way, Inc

Educating Parents through Trauma-Informed Classwork & Discussion

Check out Parenting Way's SUMMMER CLASS, including Children In Between and Parent Education, throughout the Des Moines metro area HERE

DHS Child Care Assistance Program Changes

  • Changes will become effective July 1st!
  • What is the Child Care Assistance Program?  Child Care Assistance (CCA) is a program available to the children of income-eligible parents who are absent for a portion of the day due to employment or participation in academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities.  Assistance may also be available for a limited period of time to the children of a parent looking for employment.
  • What are the changes?  The changes include:
    • Moving from a 6-month to a 12-month certification period
    • Allowing for temporary changes in work, education and training activities
    • Allowing more time for job search activities for families currently receiving Child Care Assistance
    • The new Child Care Assistance Plus (CCA Plus)  Program
    • A higher payment rate for QRS Level 5 child care providers

See more detail HERE. Parents may access the video using the following link HERE.

Early Childhood Toolkit Available

A new resource worth sharing! At long last the National Head Start Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement has released a compilation of fifteen high quality tools fo use in tracking family progress toward their goals and the efforts of early care and education staff to help families advance toward those goals. This document is laid out nicely in regards to free tools vs. tools with a cost and offers links to the tools as well as instructions on interpretation. The .pdf is available at this link.

Parents Support Programs Parenting