Parent Place

Free events, activities, one-on-one support and workshops for all Montana families.

What can the Parent Place do for me?

Contact the Parent Place now to find out about how we can help you get the (free) tools and resources your family needs to thrive. 

What is the Parent Place?

The Parent Place is your family's one-stop shop for free activities, classes and parenting support.

Our Parent Place programs are free and designed to provide parents with unique opportunities to enjoy parenting, enhance their skills as parents and meet other families in the community.

PROGRAMMING INCLUDES:

How Can I Find Out More?

Check out the events calendar for upcoming classes, groups, and programs!

Contact the Parent Place today. Click here or call the Thrive office at
(406) 587-3840.

What Does The Parent Place Do?

Dynamite Dads

Free monthly event for dads, father-figures and the kids they love.

Gym Days

Free weekly play event for kids ages 0-5, with locations in Belgrade and Bozeman.

Parenting with Love and Logic - Early Childhood

Workshop for parents of children ages 0-5.

Circle of Security

Free parenting classes focused on strengthening and supporting secure parent-child relationships.

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Parent Place Success Stories

“The Parent Place has been a tremendous resource. It has been a place where I’ve been able to hear others’ experiences and gain knowledge. My son and I have always felt welcome. It is a safe environment where problems can be discussed openly and real solutions accomplished. What a wonderful program.”

—Single Parent

“I think it is so cool that the Parent Place respects us as dads enough to have our own time and activity. Most other groups are mostly women and that can feel awkward if you are the only man. Here, we are able to relax, meet other dads, and focus on our kids. The staff has helped to answer so many questions for me.”

—Dad of two

I had lost hope about my parenting….but during the Love and Logic session a light bulb went off and I have new hope again.

—Mother of three children

Meet our Parent Place Staff

  • Portrait of Cindy Ballew

    Cindy Ballew

    Parent Programs Manager

  • Portrait of Jai Anderson

    Jai Anderson

    Parent Educator

Upcoming Parent Place Events

  • Circle of Security® Parenting™ Class

    September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 23, 2018

    Location: Amsterdam School

    At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure…

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  • Gym Days: Belgrade

    October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Weekly

    Location: Heck/Quaw Gym

    Gym Days is a free, weekly event designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize and play on cold Montana winter days!  The Parent Place provides plenty of riding toys, tunnels, and balls for the kids to play with.  The Bozeman and Belgrade school districts each generously provide a space for use one…

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Check out our blog!

February Mentor in the Spotlight: Ann Dickensheets

By Thrive | February 2, 2018

CAP Mentor at: Irving School CAP Mentor for: 5 years! Ann is truly the CAP Mentor that every child should have. After 2 years of previous CAP Mentoring experience, Ann has been with her current CAP Student for 3 years, changing schools this year just to be able to stay matched with her student! Ann…

Grow Your Daydreams at this Year’s Girls for a Change Summit

By Thrive | January 5, 2018

    Written by Greta Moore, Girls for a Change Program Coordinator at Thrive.  Article also published in Montana Parent Magazine (January 2018 Edition.) When I was a teenager, like most, I had no idea what life would look like beyond the concrete walls of high school. Though my school was relatively inclusive and representative…

The Importance of Games

By Thrive | November 13, 2017

Written by Maria Malloy, Youth Programs Manager at Thrive.  Article also published in Montana Parent Magazine (November, 2017 Edition.) “Let’s play a game,” is a phrase that brings smiles to so many faces. Games are a fundamental way that humans interact and learn. They provide so many benefits for people of all interests and abilities.…

Parent Place Sponsors

Thrive as an organization would not exist without the generous support of many individuals and partners who donate their time, materials and energy to this cause. Here are a few local businesses that continue to deserve our gratitude.