Public Health recognizes that parenting is no easy task and our home visiting programs help to strengthen and nurture parent-child relationships by providing parents with resources and connecting them to support systems within the community. We offer two home visiting programs that can help you enjoy the rewards of parenting, Healthy Families Tehama and Healthy Beginnings.
The goals of Healthy Families Tehama are to build and strengthen nurturing parent-child relationships; to help parents promote healthy childhood growth and development; to build family functioning by reducing risk and building protective factors and to build and sustain community partnerships to systematically engage overburdened families in home visiting services prenatally or at birth. Healthy Families Tehama’s highly trained Family Support Workers visit families weekly in their home or place of their choice with fun activities and educational materials. The Family Support Worker helps parents develop and achieve goals.
If you are pregnant or have a new baby (less than a month old), live in Tehama County and want to be the best parent you can be, you are eligible for Healthy Families Tehama. There are no income requirements for the program.
Healthy Beginnings is a program that assists families through support, empowerment and education. The program provides preventative and support services to families, creates a support network providing transportation, in-home support, developmental tracking and referrals to other needed services such as counseling or language development.
If you are pregnant or have a child less than one year old, or you have a child with medical needs and live in Tehama County you are eligible for Healthy Beginnings. There are no income requirements for the program.
The first 5 years of a child’s life represents one of the most influential times for learning and growth. During this time there are many different stages of development and milestones associated with each stage. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a developmental screening tool that helps parents identify if their child is reaching these milestones.
“My baby is only eight weeks old. I don’t need to talk to her, because she can’t talk back. I feel silly having a one-sided conversation, anyway. I’ll wait until she at least starts babbling.”
Even though your tiny tot can’t respond to you verbally just yet, she’s listening to every word you say – and her brain is rapidly growing. Connections within the brain, also called synapses, ultimately shape how your child learns, thinks and grows – and they start forming at birth. So go ahead – start chatting about your day, count those tiny toes, read a book or recite the alphabet. Your baby is doing more than listening; she’s counting on you to help expand her already curious mind.
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