Kids First offers educational workshops to school-age children of divorcing parents in Linn and Johnson County. Kids First designed its workshops to help kids understand and cope with their parents’ separation and divorce. The workshops give children a confidential place to talk about their feelings. Eight to ten kids are grouped together by grade level. Workshops are interactive and utilize artwork, games, videos, discussions, and role playing. Kids take a workbook home to spark discussion with their parents.

Workshop goals:

  • Provide youth with a safe and confidential place to discuss their feelings about divorce
  • Let children know they are not alone and the divorce is not their fault
  • Give kids practical skills to handle common divorce scenarios and adjust to family changes
  • Clarify misconceptions and set age-appropriate expectations for the legal process

Registration: To register your child to attend the workshop, please complete this form. The form will be submitted to our office after which we will contact you to finalize the registration. Children must be pre-registered in order to attend a workshop. SMLCC front of bldg

Where are workshops held? Workshops are held in two locations. Children can attend either place.

  • Kids First (in the Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center), 420 6th Street SE, Cedar Rapids
  • North Liberty Library, 520 W Cherry Street, North Liberty

Directions to Kids First: I-380 to Exit 20B (7th Street):

  • From I-380 Northbound: Turn Right from the ramp onto 7th Street
  • From I-380 Southbound: At the stop sign, continue straight on the bridge over the interstate; continue on 7th Street
  • Turn Right at 4th Avenue SE.
  • Turn Left at 6th Street SE.
  • Take the first Left into the parking lot.

How much does the class cost?

The workshop is $25 for one child or $40 maximum per family. The fee can be paid online at the end of the registration process. Alternately, a check may be mailed one week in advance or cash may be brought in-person to Kids First, 420 6th St. SE, Ste. 160, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. Checks should be made payable to Kids First. You may also inquire about the process to qualify to have the fee waived if you are low income, but please call for these details before registering online.

How does the Court know my child attended the class?

Kids First records the case number at the time of registration. One week after all of the children in a family have attended, Kids First files a certificate of completion with the Court.

Upcoming Classes:

Workshops are scheduled approximately six weeks apart per grade level in Linn County and approximately three months apart in Johnson County. Registration can be completed even if the workshop dates below do not work for the child’s schedule. Our workshop coordinator can notify you of future dates for your child’s grade level as they are scheduled.

The registration form must be submitted and enrollment confirmed by our office in order for a child to attend a workshop.

Grade levels for summer workshops are based on the grade the child will be entering Fall 2017.

Cedar Rapids/Kids First:

  • Grades K-2 – Saturday, October 14 from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Grades 3-5 – Saturday, October 28 from 9:00-11:30 am
  • Grades 6-8 – Tuesday, September 26 from 4:00-6:30 pm
  • Grades 9-11 – Thursday, November 9 from 4:00-6:00 pm

North Liberty Library

  • Grades K-2 – TBD
  • Grades 3-5 – Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Grades 6-8 – Thursday, November 2 from 4:00-6:30 pm
  • Grades 9-11 – Tuesday, October 17 from 4:00-6:00 pm