updated April 2021
Parenting is tough work! Sometimes you just want to hear that toddler tantrums happen in more than just your home, “threenager” is really a thing, middle school hormones eventually regulate or…just a shoulder to cry on when it all gets to be *too much.* Thankfully, there are several parenting support groups in the Rochester area if you are looking for a place for support and encouragement! Don’t see your group on this list? Please fill out the form below!
Pregnancy and Birth
A group of birth professionals and parents working together to educate the community and childbearing families about options for the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods.
Meeting Times: Community events are hosted monthly at various locations. Check us out on Facebook and online for updates.
All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to our meetings or call one of our Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome at our meetings.
Meets: Third Tuesday of the month at 6:45 P.M., at Zumbro Lutheran Church
All services at First Care Pregnancy Center are free and confidential. Get answers to your questions about pregnancy, STDs, parenting, and more. Talk with one of their licensed staff and receive support regarding your personal situation.
Phone: (507) 282-3377
Birthright of Rochester, MN offers pregnancy support services including information, referrals, free resources, and much more to anyone who is pregnant or thinks that they might be pregnant and need some support. Birthright is interdenominational and is not affiliated with any specific religion, political activities, or lobbying.
Phone: (507) 288-9375
Parenting and Crisis Support
PAIIR is an Early Childhood Education program through the Rochester Public Schools. This program offers several classes, groups, and resources for local parents.
Phone: (507) 328-4020
Women’s Shelter and Support Center provides outreach, advocacy, and housing to abused women, individuals, and families. Their advocates are passionate about helping those in need by assisting them every step of the way. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and also have Satellite Offices in Kasson, Preston, and the Olmsted County Courthouse.
Phone: (507) 285-1010 (crisis line) // (507) 285-1938 (business line)
For or over 40 years, Families First of Minnesota has been a non-profit organization in our community working as a resource for parents, child care programs, and community members in all areas of early childhood. Families First of Minnesota are ensuring positive beginnings for all young children and their families by offering the following programs: Head Start, Early Head Start, School Readiness, Crisis Nursery, Child Care Aware, Early Learning Scholarships.
Phone: (507) 272-5782
Mom Groups and Organizations
Southern MN Mothers of Multiples is a is a non-profit 501c3 organization for parents (current or expecting) or guardians of multiple birth children. Meets at Meadow Lakes Senior Living Center.
Meets: Third Wednesday of the month, 7: 00 PM
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Mothers of Preschooler (MOPs) groups are gatherings of moms who come together for community, conversation, and friendship. This group enjoys guest speakers, activities, round table discussion, and of course, food, too! The reality is: we’re simply better moms when we mother together. Let this be your tribe to be the best mom you can be. Free onsite childcare is provided. Come to your first meeting for free. There are several local MOPS groups to choose from:
MOPS @ Christ Community Church
Christ Community Church // 4400 55th Street NW, Rochester MN, 55901
Phone: (507) 282-5569
1st & 3rd Tuesday at 9:00-11:15 AM
2nd & 4th Tuesday at 6:00-8:00 PM
(Teens) 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 5:15-7:45 PM
PM Community MOPS
Free onsite childcare is provided. Come to your first meeting for free. Members can register at www.CCROCHESTER.ORG under ‘WOMEN’
Meets: YMCA // 709 1st Ave, Rochester, MN 55902
MOPS @ Autumn Ridge Church
Autumn Ridge Church // 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester MN, 55902
Phone: (507) 288-8880
Rochester Area Moms is here to remind moms that they are more than just a mom. We offer playgroups, family events, moms night out, book club, working moms club, education and so much more!
Side by Side is a group of medical spouses that meet together weekly to love, support and
encourage one another.
Autumn Ridge Church // 3611 Salem Road SW, Rochester MN, 55902
Phone: (507) 288-8880
Various meeting times throughout the week. Please refer to the website for more information.
Med City Moms provides a place for support, encouragement, and connection. Our group provides connection opportunities through play dates, outings, educational opportunities, events, and more!
Rochester Area Foundation // 12 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester MN, 55901
Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month, 7-9 pm
A local group of a national organization that meets to plan activities to raise awareness of gun sense issues in the community.
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm. – 4th Tuesday of the month.
Meets: Mt. Olive Church, 2830 18th Ave NW Rochester, MN
Contact: Donna Miller (507) 216-6329 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups meet all over Rochester MN. Please visit their website to find a group near you.
Family Support Groups
*First and third Monday from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 3-108 (ROME Library) at Mayo Clinic’s Generose building (on the St. Mary’s campus; click here for a map)
*second and fourth Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the NAMI Southeast Minnesota office.
Families of children who are cancer survivors or are in various stages of treatment are invited to attend our monthly family get-togethers.
Grace Lutheran Church // 800 East Silver Lake Drive, Rochester MN, 55906
Meets: Over dinner on the first Tuesday of each month, 6 PM – 8 PM.
A time of sharing for those who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, at the time of birth, or within the first month after birth. No reservations are required and you may attend as often as you wish.
Seasons Hospice Center for Grief Education & Support // 1696 Greenview Drive SW, Rochester MN, 55902
Meets: Held the second Thursday of each month 6:30 – 8 PM
This group is for families impacted by autism to connect, ask questions, and share knowledge and resources.
PARRK (Parents And Relatives Raising Kids) is a no-cost education group for anyone raising kids. Topics have included fire safety, CPR/First Aid, Zumba, and money management. Child care is provided and there is limited transportation available.
Phone: 507-424-1547 (Contact Nikki for location and other details)
Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the month 6:45 – 8:15 PM (except for summer months: June, July, and August)
This is a group for all parents, caregivers, and grandparents to come together as one. It is a time to share feelings, needs, concerns and even find available resources. We have a monthly topic, speakers, and time for discussion. Childcare and a sibling support group are available upon RSVP for a small fee. The meeting is free for parents and open to all, your child did not have to attend the Rochester Center For Autism. We typically meet the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30. Please see our Facebook page and website for dates and times and more specific information.
Phone: (507) 424-3234
Meets: last Wednesday of the month 6:30-8 pm.
Dates may change we take off for summer months and in December. Please check our Facebook page for specific information or call the Rochester Center For Autism.
Food Allergies Rochester, MN seeks to support, encourage, educate, and advocate for individuals living with food allergies. One of the organization’s goals is to make the world a better place for those living with food allergies.
Mental Health Providers
Allison Loftus, MA, LPC of Flourish Counseling works to meet the needs of women and teenage girls in Rochester, MN. Specific and specialized areas of counseling include anxiety, depression, pregnancy loss, postpartum depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, and more.
Phone: (507) 993-7731
Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development is a multispecialty neurodevelopmental clinic, combining state-of-the-art evaluations with long-term, family-centered care, in cooperation with school and community support services, to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral, emotional, social, and learning problems.
Phone: (507) 282-1009
Zumbro Valley Health Center is a private, 501(c)(3) organization employing 165 people that annually provides mental health, substance use disorder, primary care, and community-based services to about 4,000 residents of Olmsted, Fillmore, and surrounding counties.
Phone: (507) 289-2089
Disclosure: Inclusion on this list does not equal endorsement by Rochester Mom nor does it constitute any particular religious or organizational affiliation.