Central Texas Food Bank Breastfeeding Education
The Breastfeeding Education program provides services to SNAP-eligible clients through a trained breastfeeding peer counselor. Classes for families cover topics such as getting a free breast pump from their insurance provider, the benefits of breastfeeding for at least a year and tips for talking with their employer about expressing milk when returning to work. Breastfeeding counseling provides one-on-one breastfeeding support through observation while breastfeeding, hands-on assistance of mother and baby including positioning and latching baby comfortably among other supportive methods.
Adult Education Provided by Community Action
Community Action, Inc.’s Adult Education Program provides services in rural counties surrounding Travis County. Its core services include High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. It provides services to adults with limited mastery of basic educational skills; adults who do not have a secondary school diploma; or who are unable to speak, read or write the English language. Day and evening classes are available in many communities. Computer literacy classes are offered intermittently at designated sites. Also, Cell-Ed — a completely free program — makes learning easier than ever, as it allows learners to access adult education with what’s already in their pockets: a basic cell phone. Details about classes and enrollment: http://communityaction.com/our-services/adult-education/
Community Action, Inc. offers free classes for GED test preparation and English Language Learning classes at the San Marcos Public Library Learning Center. Office hours: Mondays-Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm. For more class and scheduling information, call the learning center at 512-393-8215 with questions.
Enrollment: All Adult Education students must be at least 19 years or older to enroll unless,
Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) Participants learn new skills that enable them to gain employment with a living wage, build savings, improve credit scores, and otherwise learn how to become more self-sufficient. Participants set educational goals including vocational and two-year degree programs.Pick up an application at the Chapultepec Homes, 701 South LBJ Drive (the office is on Love Street in San Marcos, Texas).Follow this link to complete an application online: https://smpha.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FSS-Application-Chapultepec-with-Cover-Letter-Jan-2019.pdf
Bring your completed application to the next FSS Orientation session held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Chapultepec Adult Learning Center. They will not accept an application until you attend the orientation.
You must meet all the normal requirements for housing assistance: income below 80% of the median income for this area, good tenant history, no criminal record, etc. You may also apply for regular public housing at the main office of the Housing Authority at 1201 Thorpe Lane.Click here for more information about the program: https://smpha.org/family-self-sufficiency-new-residents/
Hands of Hope
Hands of Hope is a tuition FREE, ten week semester educational program for women. They provide an array of life and job skills training. Each woman has her own encouraging mentor. You will learn academic skills, job readiness, time and money management and be equipped with better employment opportunities. ESL, transportation, and child care available. There is no cost for the program. This program is provided by First Baptist Church San Marcos. For more information or to sign up for the program, visit: http://www.handsofhopesanmarcos.org/
Free Child Nutrition Classes
The Food, Feelings and Family Research Team at Texas State University are hosting free child nutrition classes. More information: https://www.fcs.txstate.edu/ms_nutrition/faculty/lane/ffftxst.html
Belly to Baby Newsletter
Sign up for the free Belly to Baby Newsletter and they will send you information throughout each stage of your pregnancy and baby's development, up until baby's first birthday. They can send the newsletter through email or text. Sign up here: http://www.breastmilkcounts.com/moms-playground/belly-to-baby-newsletter/
Greater San Marcos Youth Council
Greater San Marcos Youth Council provides FREE parenting education classes. Classes provide parents with tools to fulfill the challenge of raising children. To register for classes, complete the form here: https://gsmyc.org/parenting-education/ or call 512-754-0500
Food Wise Cooking Classes
Food-Wise is a nutrition and hands-on cooking class for families, and it includes both children and adults. This cooking class focuses on the nutrient value of individual fruits and vegetables in a hands-on environment to demonstrate how to cook the particular fruits and vegetables being featured. This class teaches families and individuals how to use the foods they receive from the food bank in a healthy way.
Little Lambs Ministries
Little Lambs provides Learn and Earn classes and activities for new mothers. Families with children ages 3 and under can earn two free packages of diapers per month for participation in parenting classes and other activities.
Central Texas Medical Center Breast Feeding Education
Mom's Place Breastfeeding Assistance
Mom's place provides breastfeeding assistance to mothers in Central Texas. There is no charge for their services and mothers can return to the center in Austin as often as needed or receive assistance by calling:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Employment & Training (E&T)
Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers SNAP recipients one-on-one job search assistance and support services.The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) program is a no-cost employment program designed to give SNAP (food stamp) recipients the assistance and support they need to find a job.
Parenting Education by Greater San Marcos Youth Council
This program provides free of charge Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes for parents that help them feel better about the job they are doing and enjoy their children more than ever before.
Kyle Learning Center
The City of Kyle library hosts a FREE advanced ESL/GED Ready class 4 days a week 10:00am to 12:00pm. Students practice improving grammar, writing, reading and analyzing text, citizenship, problem solving, science, history and math. You must attend a registration session before joining the class.
United Way of Hays & Caldwell Counties
United Way of Hays & Caldwell Counties delivers programs that address critical needs in education, income/financial stability and health in Hays and Caldwell Counties. United Way of Hays provides programs related to improving literacy, early childhood education, born learning, and read to succeed.
St. David's Foundation
San Marcos Public Library
FREE Youth Education Programs:
Any Baby Can
Parent Educators provide prenatal support for pregnant and parenting teen mothers through a collaboration of prenatal medical care and mental health services. Parent Educators facilitate parent-child activities to build a positive parent-child attachment focused on positive child development and safety.
United Way Reading Day at San Marcos Housing Authority
Reading days are monthly reading events offered in partnership with San Marcos Public Housing Authority. Volunteers read books centered on monthly themes and then create crafts. Visit their website for dates and times: https://www.unitedwayhaysco.org/read-succeed
Central Texas Life Care Material Assistance Program
Central Texas Life Care provides the following services to anyone regardless of age, race, religion or marital status. All services are free and confidential.