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Youth & Family Programs

014Birth – Four Family Support Services
Are you the parent or caretaker of an infant or young child? The Resource Center has a wide array of resources and programs especially for you! We can put you in touch with the community resources you need, from pregnancy on. The Resource Center offers periodic parenting classes, special workshops on parenting topics, early literacy resources, twice-yearly infant clothing/toy swaps and many other services. You can also drop in anytime to one of our playgroups, scheduled weekly at the following times and locations:

  • Mondays – Padres Todos Juntos (Spanish) group 10:00 – 11:30 at The Resource Center
  • Tuesdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at The Resource Center
  • Wednesdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at The Resource Center
  • Thursdays – Lapsit & Linger (English) group 10:00 – 11:30 at the SJI Library
  • Fridays – Padres Todos Juntos (Spanish) group 10:00 – 11:30 at The Resource Center
  • Fridays – Baby Wearing Group Offered once a month – Call The Resource Center for more information

Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions Program:
Each spring The Resource Center partners with local preschools and our public elementary school to offer a series of activities that help incoming kindergartners and their families to get to know one another, feel familiar with school resources and ease the transition into Kindergarten. For more information you can call our office or stop by Friday Harbor Elementary School on Kindergarten registration days.

Head Start Primary Intervention Program

Youth Mentoring
In partnership with San Juan County 4-H, the The Resource Center’s Youth Mentoring Program pairs Friday Harbor community members with youth who can benefit from weekly one-on-one time with a caring adult mentor and participation in 4-H clubs and activities. Whether it’s bike riding, baking cookies, doing an art project or just talking, mentoring is a way for adults and kids alike to experience quality time together and make a positive difference in each other’s lives. Please contact us if you are interested in being a mentor, or if you have a child who might enjoy being a part of this special program! Contact Barbara Ellis at or just give us a call.

Household Essentials
If you are a family with children and live on a limited income, you may qualify for assistance with household cleaning and personal hygiene supplies. Our Household Essentials Program is open two days a month to distribute items such as laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste and more. Please stop by for program income guidelines and application.

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Resource Center Hours

Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment

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