Community Education & Development

Index - what you will find here (in alphabetical order):

  • Indiana Parenting Time

  • Mental Health America of Monroe County

  • Monroe County School Corporation Wellness Center

  • Parent Cafe' - Ireland Home Based Services

  • Prism Youth Community

  • Purdue Extension - Monroe County

Indiana Parenting Time Helpline


Monday - Friday, 12 - 5 pm ET /

Staffed by licensed attorneys

  • parenting time guidelines

  • information on visitation

  • free service open to everyone

Mental Health America of Monroe County

Mental Health America of Monroe County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health and supporting mental health consumers and their families through education, referral, and service. We achieve our mission by educating the public about ways to preserve and strengthen mental health; by sponsoring support groups; by serving as a clearinghouse for information about mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment resources in our community.

Monroe County Community School Corporation Health and Wellness Center

No cost Services: acute care, family medicine, evaluation and treatment of minor and non emergency issues, on location generic medication dispensing, laboratory work, help managing chronic conditions

Call or visit us to make an appointment / 812-330-7837 /

524 N. Fairview St. Bloomington IN 47404

Open Monday 10 am - 7 pm / Tuesday 8 am - 1 pm / Wednesday 8 am - 5 pm / Thursday 12 - 5 pm / Friday 12 - 5 pm

Parent Café - Ireland Home Based Services

Strengthen Your Family -- Relax and Relate

What is Parent Café? It is a program from Be Strong Families. Cafes offer an opportunity to connect with other paretns in a fund and judgement free environment. During a Café we focus on peer to peer learning, deep reflection and building protective factors.

Who May Attend? We welcome parents from every backbround. That includes biological paretns, foster paretns, grandparetns and caregivers.

We also welcome service proivders, educators, and anyone who works with chidren and famileis to join the conversation.

partent Café is an adult focused event. We do have childcare optins available at some locations. Please ask for more information when you register.

We do ask that parents RSVP in advance. COntact the coordinator for your county for dates, times and locations.

What are the Benefits?

  • reduce stress/increase peace and well-being

  • increase knowledge and skills (including leadership and job-related skills)

  • facilitate menainful relationhsips and community buidling

  • promte learning through perr-topeer interation and deep self-recection

  • prote ehaling

  • oppourunity to practice and build goo d communciationn and relathipnhsip skills

  • food an beverages at each cafe

Protective Factors

Strengthening families protective factors refer to the conditions that are proven to keep children safe and families strong.

  1. Resilience: parents need to be emotionally strong and flexible.

  2. Knowledge: parenting is part nature and part knowledge.

  3. Communication: children mimic what they see and hear.  It's up to us to teach them healthy communication.

  4. Relationships: parents need healthy social connections.

  5. Support: know the resouces in your community and how to access them, if needed.

RSVP or Direct Questionss to:

Ashley Beeler, parent Café Coordinator, Call, text or email

812-929-0549; (Monroe, Brown, Lawerence, Greene, Orange, Daviess, Martin, Crawford, Owen)

Food is provided!

Free $10 Walmart gift card for each participant!

Parent café is an adult focused program. Please make prior childcare arrangements so you can kick back and relax during the café.

RSVP to: Ashley Beeler (812) 929-0549; ABeeler@IUHB.US

Like us on Facebook @IHBSPARENTCAFE

Dec. Parent Cafe all county 2019 - December 2019 calendar

Nov. Parent Cafe 2019 (1) - November 2019 calendar


October all county 2019 - October 2019

Sept. all county flyer 2019 - September 2019

Greene Co Aug 2019 (1) - August 2019

Prism Youth Community

Creating safe and affirming spaces for LGBTQ + youth ages 12-20

Join us for community service, educational workshops, social activities and events.

Weekly meetings:         Tuesday 6:30 - 8 pm / Unitarian Universalist Church / 2120 N. Fee Lane

Thursday 7 - 9 pm / Hopscotch Coffee / 235 W. Dodds Street

Purdue Extension, Monroe County

The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It's a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service program areas are: Agriculture and Natural Resources Health and Human Sciences Economic and Community Development 4-H Youth Development.

Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. We provide information and expertise that's available in the form you want, when you want it. That's Purdue Extension, Indiana's home team advantage.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Extension educators with agricultural and natural resource specialties offer programs and information on agricultural production and financial management for farmers, food and fiber processors, manufacturers and consumers. We also provide expertise in environmental issues, natural resource conservation and land use.

Health and Human Sciences Extension specialists and educators provide education to people. We:

  • help communities analyze, identify and meet the needs of families.

  • train volunteers and paraprofessionals to assist in areas of critical concern to families.

  • motivate people to become leaders and address community issues.

  • collaborate with agencies, community organizations, and educational groups to address the needs of families.

Purdue Extension Community Development strengthens the capacity of local leaders, residents, and organizations to build strong, vibrant communities by using research-based resources to guide their decisions. It provides local support and resources in the areas of leadership and civic engagement, community and organizational planning, economic and business development, local government education, and creating quality places.

4-H Youth Development

A dedicated network of Extension educators, parents, local leaders and volunteer staff, makes Indiana 4-H one of the most valued youth programs in the state. Purdue Extension youth educators develop individual talents, life skills and leadership abilities among Indiana's young people through the traditional venue of 4-H clubs and county fairs, but also through field-tested school enrichment materials and local-led community programs.

Mission Statement: We deliver practical, research-based information that transforms lives and livelihoods.

Vision Statement: We will be a leader in providing relevant, high-impact educational programs that transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities in Indiana and the world.

Courtney Stewart / 3400 S. Walnut St. Bloomington IN 47401  / stewa229@purdue.eud  / 812-349-2575

Social Media Links: @PurdueExtensionMonroeCounty

We serve ages 3+; including children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples, families and veterans/military families. Our services include: advocacy, research, consultation, educational setting and parenting classes.  We have experience in aging issues and learning issues. Referrals are by email. We are open Monday - Friday during the day time hours. We do not use or bill insurance.

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