Butte Baby Steps
The Butte Baby Steps program is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. The program serves Butte County families. Butte Baby Steps is open to parents of all ages that are either expecting or have a child under the age of 3 months. 345-1600, nvcss.org/programs/butte-baby-steps/.
First 5 Butte County Children & Families Commission
First 5 Butte County invests Prop 10 (tobacco tax) funds in programs and systems that support Butte County’s 0-to-5 year old children and their families. These are local direct-service programs and systems that focus on enhancing parenting skills, young children’s physical and mental health, early literacy, provider training, and school readiness. Services include Help Me Grow Butte, Butte Baby Steps, Tu Tus Menyuam, Mothers Strong, and more. www.first5butte.org
Butte College Foster/Kinship Education
For more info and a current workshop schedule, call 530-897-6235.
Butte County Library
Chico Area Park & Recreation District
Recreational activities and programs year-round include programs for children, adults, and seniors. Sports, camps, after-school program, preschool program, and leisure activities are offered. 530-895-4711, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., www.chicorec.com.
Chico Mothers Club
Find them on Facebook or go to
www.chicomothersclub.org for more info.
Durham Recreation & Park District
DRPD offers many sports, classes/lessons, and programs for all ages. 530-345-1921, durhamrecreation.recdesk.com.
Enloe Mother & Baby Outreach Program
530-332-5520, or online at www.enloe.org/baby.
You can find services such as emergency food, parenting classes, recreational programs, support groups, drug treatment, tax assistance, in-home help, after school programs, hospice, counseling, and subsidized daycare at www.helpcentral.org.
Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow Butte is a free service available to all families in Butte County with children aged 0-5 who are interested in learning more about their child’s development or behavior. Help Me Grow Butte works directly with caregivers to ensure they are connected to the services and resources they need to help their children thrive. To learn more about your child’s development visit our website at www.helpmegrowbutte.org or call 530-552-3919 to connect with a Care Coordinator.
Mothers Strong is a group of mothers, professionals, and other advocates dedicated to bringing vital mental health information to moms and families in Butte County. Mothers Strong helps connect local Butte County families with support, education and resources to help with postpartum anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. To find resources for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders visit www.mothers-strong.org and follow us on www.facebook.com/MothersStrong
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Inc.
Provides low-cost or free mental health, housing, vocational, and support services to individuals and families in California’s Northern Sacramento Valley. 800-846-1451, www.nvcss.org.
Paradise Recreation & Park District
PRPD offers a wide range of recreation programming, including after school programming, summer camp, preschool activities, youth and adult sports, senior services, aquatics, teen programs, and numerous special events. 530-872-6393, www.paradiseprpd.com.
Valley Oak Children’s Services
Valley Oak is a Resource and Referral Program that provides free referrals for child care and other family-related services. Low-Income parents can call and get on the Centralized Eligibility List for preschool and subsidized child care in Butte County. Call 530-895-3572 or 1-800-345-8627 or visit valleyoakchildren.org for more information.
This program provides supplemental food vouchers and nutrition education to pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children up through age five who qualify in Butte County. The WIC staff provides parent education about nutrition, breastfeeding, child safety, growth/development, and other child-appropriate topics. 530-891-2767, www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/Programs/WIC.
Youth for Change Family Resource Centers
Just For Kids
Chico Public Library
Preschool Storytime for 3-5 year olds, stories, songs & craft. Babies Love Books 0-18 months stories, songs & bounces. Toddler Story time for 1-3 year olds, stories, songs & action rhymes. Japanese Story time, Spanish Story time, Chinese Story time, Homework help group, Free Movie Day and Chess Club. Please call for more information, 891-2762.
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Enjoy some fun stories, from treasured classics to new adventures. Wednesdays 11am, Saturdays 2pm. 894-1494
Boys & Girls Club of Chico
The Boys & Girls Club of Chico, the positive place for kids and teens ages 6 to 18, offers a variety of walk-in, facility programs Monday through Friday. $10 per year. 899-0335
KZFR Storytelling for Kids
Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of fascinating storytelling by tuning in to 90.1 FM radio in Chico. M-F, 7-7:30pm. 895-0706.
Come learn new tricks, show off your skill, & win great prizes. Bird in Hand in Downtown Chico. Saturdays at noon. 893-0545
Websites of Interest
Hand In Hand Parenting
Parenting tools, insight, and support. www.handinhandparenting.org
Need help finding services in Butte County, California? Here you will find a comprehensive listing of low cost and no cost health and human services. The database contains more than 650 programs providing services from over 270 agencies in Butte County. You can find services such as emergency food, parenting classes, recreational programs, support groups, drug treatment, tax assistance, in-home help, after school programs, hospice, counseling, and subsidized day care.
Butte County Library
Get access to some great library resources… without leaving your house! You can browse the collection, check your account, use their research tools, and even find out about local book clubs. There are links for Teens and for Kids, too! Younger children can even have books read to them on their computer using the library’s link to Tumblebooks (using the Just for Kids link).