Youth mentoring, parenting skills, and advice


 Provide programs and services that build on family strengths through prevention, education, support and collaboration with other resources in the community. Lakeland is available to all families and children in Washburn County. All programs are offered at no cost.

Community Response Program


This voluntary program is designed to provide individual families with supports to identify their strengths and to ensure their success in meeting their goals.


Programs Offered

First Friends and Birth to Three Playgroup 

Mondays 10am-12pm


 This playgroup is open to all children. There will be special focus on infants and their caregivers with sensory stimulation and movement experience through appropriate toys and props. Washburn County Birth to Three Coordinator is present at each group.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

3rd Monday of every month: 5pm-7pm


Come join other grandparents, have dinner and enjoy a speaker while you learn about the joys and challenges of raising a grandchild. Childcare provided.

Parent Education Workshops

As Scheduled: See quarterly newsletter


Parent education workshops, classes with an emphasis in areas such as positive parenting, nutrition, health, anger management, stress reductions, child development stages, and CPR


Call for appointment


Connections program is a program that works one on one with parents on specific parenting issues or concerns

Library Fun for Little Ones

Birchwood School on Tuesday during school year: 9:30am-10:15am

Shell Lake Library on Thursdays 10:30am-11:15am


Library Fun for Little Ones is a reading readiness program for preschoolers, held every week in two communities during the year

Open Center

Wednesday 12pm-3pm


Open center provides an opportunity to drop in and enjoy unstructured play and talk informally with staff


Wednesdays 10am-12pm


Participants, staff and area agencies discuss, learn, and share ideas and experiences to enrich parenting skills. Art and play materials are available to children of all ages