shutterstock_66705034After over 100 years of residential care, we are delighted to be able to offer our expertise to young families of all ages in the community.   The Community Outreach Program aims to provide education and support to families with young children. These services include support groups for teen moms, such as prenatal education, a variety of classes for parents of all ages, in-home visitation, a STARS certified Child Enrichment Center, and Helena Parent Connections.

Florence Crittenton’s Community Outreach Center is located at 940 North Roberts, Helena, MT 59601

Class fees are based on a sliding scale and cover all class materials. FCH maintains its strong commitment to community with no family being turned away due to inability to pay.

For Reservations for all classes, groups and home visiting call 406.996.1111


Loving Your Baby from the Inside Out Classes

A group designed specifically for pregnant moms aged 14 to 18 that provides a loving, relaxed, encouraging atmosphere. Classes are focused on preparation for motherhood, childbirth education and designing an individual birth plan that honors each mother’s wishes.

  • Weekly: Thursdays, 3.30-4.30pm – ongoing class runs throughout the year
  • Pregnant moms may join at any stage of their pregnancy

Parenting the Love and Logic Way™

Parenting the Love and Logic Way™–A multimedia curriculum for training parents with children of all ages.
The Love and Logic approach is fun; using plenty of real life stories, examples and humor, the authors make this a program that parents really enjoy. This curriculum provide parents the skills required to feel more relaxed, hopeful and positive about their children. As they learn more, they’ll discover that parenting really can be enjoyable…and that they can teach personal responsibility and respect without losing their children’s love.

  • Parents will learn how to:
  • Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments
  • Stay calm when their kids do incredibly upsetting things
  • Set enforceable limits
  • Avoid enabling and begin empowering
  • Help their kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them
  • Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators
  • And much more!

Call for dates of next six week class: 406.996.1111

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun™ -- For Parents with children Ages Birth to Six.

The Love and Logic® approach is fun! This is the Love and Logic® curriculum designed for early childhood. Using plenty of real life stories, examples, and humor, the authors make this a program that parents really enjoy. This curriculum provides parents the skills required to feel more relaxed, hopeful and positive about their children. As they learn more, they’ll discover that parenting really can be enjoyable, and that they can teach personal responsibility and respect without losing their children’s love. Through the use of multimedia we will coach parents of young kids in skills that will give them:

  • Happy, fun families
  • Toddlers who go to bed the first time
  • Tots that learn whining and arguing does not work
  • Meals without the battles
  • Discipline without losing their love
  • Great comebacks all parents need to know
  • Youngsters that grow into safe, smart, confident teens
  • And so much more!

Call for dates of next five week class: 406.996.1111

Parents As Teachers™ Monthly Family Activity Groups

Evidence-based curriculum that assists parents to be the best teachers they can be for their children. Monthly family activity groups are available to all families in the community with infants and/or toddlers.

  • Groups meet approximately once a month
  • Location and times vary depending on activity

Circle of Security® Parenting classes

The Circle of Security is a relationship based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.

  • Suitable for parents with children of all ages

Call for dates of next 8 Week Class: 406.996.1111

Strive to Reach Independence, Values, & Education - S.T.R.I.V.E.

S.T.R.I.V.E. is a group designed specifically for young moms up through age 18. The group offers a supportive, relaxed, encouraging atmosphere where young moms can meet and support one another in achieving success in parenting, relationships and in their education. Attendees are paid $10 per week to attend the group and $100 on completion of a 25 week series.

    • Classes are ongoing, held on Wednesdays; 5 – 6:30pm


Florence Crittenton is excited to offer free family support through our new home visiting program. The mission is to provide information, support, skills and encouragement to strengthen families during the crucial early years of life.

Florence Crittenton provides in-home services through two evidence-based home visiting models, Parents As Teachers® and SafeCare. Home visits can serve pregnant women and families with children through age 5. Families work with a home visitor around topics such as bonding and attachment, positive parent skills, safety, child development, and overall wellness. Home visitors assist families in learning how to access community resources like child care, employment, parenting classes, food, housing, family activities, and health care. Parent educators also provide free developmental, hearing, and vision screenings for children. Visits take place every other week in the most comfortable setting: the family home, Florence Crittenton’s Outreach Center, or other agreed upon location.

• For more information on Home Visitation contact Katy Bugni at 406.996.1111


Helena Parent Connections is a free group designed for families to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interactions, utilize community resources and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development. This active group is open to the public with activities supporting early childhood development. Helena Parent Connections is a component of the Parents As Teachers® home visiting model.

• Connections will be held at least once each month for families with children up to age 5.  Click here for latest event information.
• For more information contact Katy Bugni at 406.996.1111



Our facility houses a fabulous child enrichment center where babies are cared for while parents are at school or work. As well as caring for the babies of the young moms living in our residential program, the Center also cares for a number of children from families in our community.

Staff at the CEC are highly trained to continue our nurturing philosophy of care and along with our incredible team of volunteers, close relationships are built ensuring that little ones feel safe, secure and happy.

Staff to baby ratio’s are very low insuring that each baby is given as much consistent love, attention and encouragement as possible during these crucial first few months of their lives.

Developmental milestones are monitored for each baby and additional work and encouragement will be given to the mom and baby to overcome any delays. Dealing with any issues early as well as engaging the mom in working out a plan for her baby is vital in the emotional and physical well being of the child.

For more information or to take a tour call Chelsea Rauser 442 6950 x211 or email


Florence Crittenton offers an array of trainings and consultative services, tailored to your specific needs. For more information please contact Elizabeth Flynn at 406 442 6950 x209 or email