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A healthier, happier future.

Early intervention and treatment can help children and teens stay in school, stay out of trouble and lead healthier, happier lives. Families work as a team with Tanager’s compassionate staff to anticipate future needs and plan for a brighter future.

Tanager offers programs to:

• Address disruptive actions, behaviors, and emotions.
• Teach important life skills.
• Prepare children and teens to make positive choices now and in the future.
• Give parents the information to understand how mental health affects their child’s development and well-being.

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Camp Tanager

Camp Tanager offers a full array of camp experiences for children ages 6-11 years including our free camp scholarship program for children who may otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attending summer camp.

Camp Tanager provides a rich educational experience for campers in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment. Tanager also partners with area hospitals to provide safe, healthy camping opportunities for children with diabetes or hemophilia.

CDF Freedom Schools

The CDF Freedom Schools program is designed to increase literacy, self-esteem, socio-emotional skills, and a love of learning for children in grades K-12. The CDF Freedom Schools program encourages scholars to embrace their cultural history and reinforces confidence in their abilities.

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LGBTQ+ Youth Center

The Center provides a safe and confidential environment for LGBTQ youth, families, and allies. Programs at the Center are diverse and include support groups, special art offerings, mentoring program, Pride Café, community service, health initiative classes, parent workshops, financial literacy, tutoring, and career exploration.


YouthPort offers a variety of prevention, education, and support for children and families. Services are provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids, Young Parents Network (YPN), and Tanager. All programs are designed by child development experts to meet the needs of children of all ages and are centered around family involvement and education.

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Set your child up for success.

Our prevention programs give children tools to foster resiliency and healthy mental wellbeing early. Get started with us today!

We’re here to help.

If you (or someone with you) are experiencing a medical emergency, or are in danger, call 911 immediately.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or feeling suicidal, call or text 988 immediately.

Your Life Iowa:                      (Facilitated by Foundation 2)

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