Family Home Visiting
Family home visiting is dedicated to the well-being of pregnant women and families with young children. Our home visiting services, and other programs, help families raise healthy children who are ready to succeed in school and in life. The staff working within this program is highly skilled and experienced in supporting families like yours. Respect is shown for all cultural backgrounds. We will support your relationship with your children and connect you with resources based on your family’s specific needs.
Family home visiting supports parents to give their baby the best possible start. A Public Health Nurse or registered nurse will visit you at home or another place you choose during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Your nurse will offer helpful information and support as you develop new skills as a parent.
The Importance of Home Visiting
- All parents can use some extra support during those first months.
- Babies learn so much in their first three years of life.
- Parents are their baby’s first and most important teachers.
- Parents find current information on how babies grow, change and develop helpful.
- We can meet you in your home.
Your Nurse Can Help You
- Care for yourself during pregnancy.
- Prepare you for the birth of your baby.
- Promote your baby’s health and well-being.
- Help you understand the growth and development of your baby
- Connect you to the appropriate community resources
- If you are interested in a home visit from a Public Health Nurse/Registered Nurse please contact your local WIC office or contact Public Health at 507-295-5360.
Follow Along Program:
Babies and young children learn and grow at their own rate. This program follows children aged birth through 36 months by having parents fill out questionnaires about their child. The Follow Along Program is a way for you to learn about your child’s health and development. It can help you know if your child’s development is similar to other children in his/her age group. Some children need special assistance to be healthy and learn skills such as sitting, walking, or talking. Through the program you will find ideas about what to teach your child and at what age it is best to teach the skill. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about how your child is developing.
What to Expect When You Sign Up for the Program:
- Questionnaires are sent to you approximately every 4 months until they are 3 years old. The questionnaire asks you how your child is growing, playing, talking, moving, and acting. You fill out the questionnaires and mail them back to our office.
- We will tell you the results. If there are any concerns someone will contact you and give you information so you can make choices about further evaluation and services.
- You will receive information on fun activities for you to do with your child and other age appropriate items as available.
- After your child is 36 months old, you will receive information about an Early Childhood Screening.
You will learn about other services you may want for your child. The program has no cost and there are no income eligibility requirements. It is open to every child in the community.
If you have questions about the program or want to sign up, call Nobles County Community Services/Public Health at 507-295-5360.