Ready to Grow Program Helps Kids & Parents Thrive

Raising kids can be the best of times and the worst of times. Along with the joy of parenthood comes all kinds of questions, worries, and challenges that most of us aren’t fully prepared for. Some of us turn to family for help, while others take to the internet for (sometimes questionable) information.

But there are dozens of programs and services right here in our community to help parents give their kids everything they need to thrive.

When you don’t know what to expect, who to ask, or where to go for answers, start with 211.

211’s Ready to Grow program, a partnership with First 5 Nevada County, connects parents, guardians, and childcare providers to programs and services that support the health and well-being of children ages 0 to 5.

Through Ready to Grow, parents can connect to a wide range of resources, including lactation counseling, nutrition assistance, parenting classes, support groups, healthcare, childcare, playgroups, and more. Parents can also find tools to assess their children’s strengths and track their development.

211’s new Ready to Grow Specialist, Lorena Schoch, has been out in the community meeting with parents, child care providers, and organizations that serve families. She’s eager to get the word out about the program and start helping parents connect to resources.

“I’m excited to work with parents to help prepare children for a better future,” Lorena said. “As a parent and former teacher I completely believe that the first five years of life are the most important.”

If you or your organization serve parents and families, Lorena would love to meet and learn more about your work. To learn more about the Ready to Grow program or to set up a meeting with Lorena, call 2-1-1 or email Lorena Schoch at