In 1994 a local non-profit that was serving the community in a variety of ways began to brainstorm how to support Pella area families. Out of those initial discussions, an advisory committee was formed and eventually through their efforts, grants were received to start some parenting classes for the community.

In the early years, much of that material came though Iowa State extension services and an organization called Active Parenting. Since 2000, we have been delighted to encourage parents through the use of the Love and Logic resources.  The interest and appreciation for parenting classes and resources took off in 1994 and remains strong 20 years later. 

Over the years the committee saw increasing opportunities for more things that could support families. They felt that focus could be better achieved by developing their own non-profit organization. That change happened in 2006.

Families First is an organization completely sustained through gracious donations and grants. We deeply appreciate the support of the Pella community.    

Through these past 20 years, the structure and direction has grown and been molded to fit the changing needs of our community. As you continue to peruse our website you will get the feel of the many things that today are organized and provided through the Families First organization. 

Our main goal of helping to strengthen Pella’s families has always been consistent, and we look forward to continuing to meet the ever changing needs of local families at all stages of parenting.

Mission Statement

Families First exists to strengthen families in the Pella area. 

Our goals are to:

  • Build stronger family bonds
  • Teach and support parenting skills
  • Affirm and enhance self worth of children and adults