Transforming Mamas + Papas

The Co-op is proud of our diverse offerings of programs that strive to provide resources for and camaraderie among members of our community. Among our programs has been the Mamas + Papas group, which has been around for quite some time and has taken many shapes and forms; moved meeting days, times, and places; and served different needs throughout the years.

After outgrowing our space in the Co-op deli we have worked with various community partners to host the program, such as the 1912 Center, BookPeople, and the Uma Center and are very grateful for the relationships that have been built. The longevity of this program would not have been possible without the remarkable volunteers that have worked so hard to make this program happen through the years – a big thank you to all of our participating owners that make ALL of our programs possible!

Starting in January 2016 we will be, once again, transforming our efforts to best support expecting and current parents on the Palouse. Weekly meetings weren’t feasible for many parents and meeting during the day wasn’t accessible for many working parents in our area. In order to eliminate these barriers we have decided it is best to replace weekly morning Mamas + Papas meetings with a variety of classes and guest lecturers each month. These classes will be offered both during the day as well as evenings and/or weekends on a variety of topics, including those typically covered in Mamas + Papas like breastfeeding, sleep, diet & nutrition, and child development.

Mamas + Papas was created to provide the resources parents on the Palouse need the most and has been a great tool for responding to the needs of our community in flexible ways. We hope that this shift to a robust class schedule will enable even more to participate, learn, and grow together.

If you have any topics you would like to learn about or if you would like to be added to the list for class notifications please contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Misty, via e-mail or by phone at 208-882-8537. If you’re a professional in the area who is interested in teaching a class or hosting a lecture, contact Misty for a class proposal form and more information.

Again, a BIG thank you to all of our Mamas + Papas community partners, guest speakers, and participating owners for all the hard work you’ve put in to ensure parents are getting the information they want and need!