Bouncing Babies

A group participates in a program called Bouncing Babies at the public library in Fitchburg in 2016. Bouncing Babies is another program for caregivers and their babies. For information on Bouncing Babies, call 729-1760.

Q: I’m a new parent. What can I do if I need help?

A: Even though Canopy Center discontinued its Parent Stress Line last year, there are still plenty of resources for new parents who need assistance or even just someone to talk to.

Volunteer counselors at the nationwide Parental Stress Line — 800-632-8188 — are available around the clock to offer support and compassion.

They can be a reassuring voice and help parents while they plan the next step or search for resources.

The United Way of Dane County has a webpage dedicated to resources and programs for new or expecting parents. Many of the programs are for children age 0-5, and some, like the Play and Learn groups, also teach parents and caregivers about child development.

Dane County also provides the Early Childhood Initiative, a home-visiting program for pregnant women and families with children up to age 4 who live in either the Allied Drive, Leopold Road or Russett Road areas of Madison or in the towns of Sun Prairie or Marshall.

Several other area organizations, such as RISE and Reach Dane, also provide family and child care services.

For help finding the right support service, parents can call the United Way of Dane County at 211.

— Shelley K. Mesch

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Shelley K. Mesch is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal. She earned a degree in journalism from DePaul University.