Healthy Start is a home-based program that works with pregnant women and new parents (children ages 0-2 years old) with stress factors that make parenting an even tougher job. Case Workers help parents to nurture their children’s develiopment by helping to create a positive, safe living environment for their families.
Using an evidenced-based curriculum , participating families are offered parenting education and support through weekly home visits by trained Case Workers. The Healthy Start Program receives referrals from a variety of sources (DSS, hospitals, Healthy Departments, self) and serves ALL of Guilford County. Issues addressed include:
- Developmental expectations for infants
- Parenting information
- Selection of childcare provider
- Child nutrition, health and safety issues
- Referrals to other community resources
- Opportunities to be a part of a group of other moms with similar life situations
- Literacy activities to encourage attachment, bonding, and school readiness
In addition, Healthy Start offers in-home, adult individual counseling to participating families. This service targets moms/caregivers with mental health concerns, addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Individual sessions are offered weekly, and services are provided for three to six months. Therapists hold a master’s degree in their fields of specialty and are licensed or licensed-eligible.
You are your baby’s first and most important teacher. Knowing what to expect at each age makes parenting easier and even fun. If you’d like to know more about Healthy Start, contact 336.387-6161, ext 2288.