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Families First seeks program coordinator

| April 13, 2023 12:00 AM

Families First Learning Lab is continuing their expansion in the Mission Valley and looking for a new Lake County program coordinator to develop education-focused workshops, classes, and connection opportunities for area families.

The posting is for a part-time position, funded by a new grant from the Gianforte Family Foundation. According a press release, the hiree will directly handle outreach, program coordination, and program management. Working with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), along with area schools, colleges, businesses, childcare providers, and others, the coordinator will be tasked with strengthening partnerships, increasing family participation and helping meet evolving community needs.

Families First Learning Lab (FFLL) empowers families by fostering family education and learning-through-play experiences. Offerings include parenting classes and opportunities for parents to connect with peers and professionals to build a strong support network.

The nonprofit is partnering with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to provide educational workshops for childcare providers as well. CSKT’s Early Childhood Services help advance the development of children, families, staff, and the community by providing educational, nutritional, cultural, health, and social services based on individual needs.

According to Hannah Zuraff, executive director of Families First Learning Lab, “Our conversations have identified an opportunity to enhance existing services to better meet the specific needs of local community members throughout the Flathead Indian Reservation.”

Programs include Circle of Security, a parenting program designed to foster healthier parent-child relationships; Mending Broken Hearts, which focuses on culturally based healing among Indigenous people; one-on-one parenting consultations; and family education workshops.

Zuraff expects the part-time role to grow to a full-time position over time. Interested applicants should reach out to her at 406-721-7690 or email