Healthy Families Program

Raising a child is the most important, and most challenging job anyone can take on. The Healthy Families program provides support to first-time young parents, age 20 and under. Home visiting services can begin prenatally and can continue until the child’s third birthday. All services are FREE, voluntary and confidential.

Program Services Offered:

  • A home visitor will work with parents and will get to know them and  the baby
  • Information  and support will be given on such issues as pregnancy, labor/delivery, child development, parenting, and child health issues
  • The home visitor can help set goals and  find the right services and programs to help achieve those goals
  • Parents will be linked with other available resources in the community
  • Parent/child playgroups two times a month and a weekly support group for moms.

Benefits of Program:
The first three years of a child’s life are critical for optimal growth and development. Research shows:

  • Children learn from the moment of birth and experience their most rapid brain development during their early years of life
  • Early relationships with parents and other caregivers actually shape biological systems. This formation of neural pathways affects a child’s ability to control emotion, relate well to others, and learn
  • Children who develop emotional and cognitive confidence arrive at school ready to learn

Healthy Families home visitors will work with parents to provide information on child development and parenting techniques to help parents encourage positive growth and development for their child.

Eligibility Criteria:
All first-time parents age 20 and under who live in Berkshire County are eligible. A person can join the program anytime during the pregnancy and up to the child’s first birthday. Some funding available to work with families who are older than age 20 or have more than one child.

Population Served:
First time parents age 20 and under. Some funding available to serve families who are older than 20 or have more than one child.

Program Validation: Modeled after Healthy Families America program

Part of statewide Healthy Families Massachusetts program, through the Massachusetts Children’s Trust

Funding Sources:

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Massachusetts Children’s Trust

 

Berkshire United Way
Northern Berkshire United Way
City of Pittsfield
Williamstown Community Chest
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

For more information: in Pittsfield call Becky Krysiak, Program Director:413-445-4324
in North Adams:413-664-6104 or email:     bkrysiak@ccberkshire.org