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The Learning for Life program is offered through Myrtue Medical Center’s Department of Community Health. Would you like to:

  • Give your child the best possible start in life
  • Give your child a solid foundation for school success
  • Increase your confidence and knowledge of child development and parenting skills
  • Share experiences and receive support from other families with young children.

The program is funded through the Tri-County (Harrison, Monona, and Shelby Co.) Early Childhood Iowa Project. The Learning for Life program follows the Parents as Teachers curriculum and it is designed to offer developmental information and support to all parents of infants and young children (prenatal to kindergarten entry).

Learning for Life provides:

  • Personalized home visits with a specially-trained parent educator
  • Health & developmental screening for your child
  • Group meetings for you & your family
  • Instruction on child nutrition and family budgeting
  • Help with understanding your child’s behavior
  • Information about & referral to other community services

If you have any questions or would like to join and you live in Shelby County, please call Public Health at 712.755.4422 – we would love to sign you up or answer any questions that you might have.

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families, and children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.

Find more information on this program by going to https://parentsasteachers.org/ or calling Elizabeth Anderson at 712.755.4421

In October 2021, Myrtue's Learning for Life program completed the Parents as Teachers National Center Quality Endorsement & Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status!

"Achieving Blue Ribbon status is a real honor for our parent education and support program born out of hard work and dedication to the parents of young children in Shelby County,” said Lori Hoch, Myrtue Medical Center’s Public Health Director. “Our Learning for Life team is excited to expand our services and outreach to Shelby County families with this quality designation as part of our resume."