Whether you’re pregnant or you have children in their teens, we understand that being a parent is both rewarding and challenging. Our “Earn While You Learn” program is designed to provide parents with emotional, material, social, and spiritual support.

Classes are available to men and women who are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 18. While attending classes you can earn ongoing assistance with food, clothing, diapers, and formula to help alleviate financial pressures.

For the health and safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers, our EWYL classes have been suspended until further notice. Clients, please go to our Client Announcements page for the most up-to-date information.

Earn While You Learn Classes

  • (CLOSED) Prenatal started Monday, January 6, February 10, or Tuesday, January 21 
    13-week course that covers stages of pregnancy, labor, delivery, birth, and breast/formula feeding.
  • OPEN: Toddler and Preschool Years starts Monday, March 30
    10 week class that covers: safety, reading, nutrition, potty training, preparing for preschool, fun activities to do with your toddler, discipling and tantrums, language development.
  • (CLOSED) Dare to Discipline started Wednesday, January 22
    Much-needed answers to your toughest parenting questions! Why are boundaries so important? Do children really want limits set on their behavior? My spouse doesn’t seem to care about discipline; why am I stuck being the “bad guy?” Is it okay to spank my child, or will it lead him to hit others and become a violent person? This practical, reassuring class will teach you how to meet your children’s needs of love, trust, affection―and discipline. 
  • (CLOSED) Boundaries with Kids started Thursday, January 9
    Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend provide the help and guidance you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes, and emotions.
    With wisdom and empathy, they take you through the ins and outs of instilling the kind of character in your children that will help them lead balanced, productive, and fulfilling adult lives. Learn how to: set limits and still be a loving parent; bring control to an out-of-control family life; apply the ten laws of boundaries to parenting; and define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids.

  • (CLOSED) Sewing I starts Wednesday, March 4
    Basic and intermediate sewing skills.
  • (CLOSED) Conversational English started Monday, January 6
    For those who desire to learn the written and spoken English language. Creative means are used to demonstrate and teach American culture as well as learn customs, values, social situations, history, and holidays.
  • (OPEN) Buy.Eat.Live Healthy starts Tuesday, March 10
    An 8-week, ISU Extension curriculum and journey of cooking and tasting food together. In addition to receiving new recipes and ideas for feeding their families, clients will learn about choosing healthy foods, ways to save money when purchasing food, and the importance of physical activity. The instructor will give clients measuring cups and spoons, a vegetable scrub brush, cutting mat, refrigerator thermometer, walking DVD, and more. Additionally, clients who complete all 9 classes will also receive a cookbook. Come enjoy cooking and learning together!
  • (CLOSED) Biblical Perspectives started Tuesday, January 7
    Topical study and discussion on life and relationship issues from a biblical perspective.
  • (CLOSED) Your Powerful Prayers started Thursday, January 9

    Discover how to: Pray more persistently, humbly, and boldly. Overcome common hindrances to effective prayer. Combine reverence, expectancy, and a tenacious hold on God’s promises. Prayer isn’t merely a means to an end. God invites you to an intimate and profound dialogue with Him, to experience His movement in your life, and to know His overwhelming joy, power, and peace. Experience God’s presence as He strengthens your faith, encourages your heart, and shifts your perspective. 

  • (CLOSED) Captivating started Wednesday, January 8
    When you were a little girl, did you dream of being a beautiful princess? Rescued by a dashing hero? Swept away into a great adventure? In this updated edition, the Eldredge’s bring their male and female perspectives to the core desires of a woman and invite you to recover your feminine heart.
  • OPEN: Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit started Thursday, January 9
    Study the fruits and gifts of the Spirit. Identify your personal gifts of the spirit and learning how to utilize those gifts.
  • OPEN: When God Doesn’t Fix It starts Monday, April 13 
    This class helps us understand we aren’t the only ones whose lives have taken unexpected turns. The author examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith, and shows how, despite their flaws and flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways. And it was not because of their faith, but because of the faithfulness of their God. God may not fix everything. In fact, although your situation might not ever change or get better, with Jesus you can.


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