Ingham Healthy Families is a voluntary home visiting program that connects expectant parents and caregivers of newborns to parenting support in their home. Families receive regular home visits by one of our highly-qualified Parent Educators who provide support and encouragement to caregivers by building confidence, reducing stress and maximizing the joys of being a parent. Home visits can take place every week, every two weeks, or once a month depending on the family's needs.
During these visits, the Parent Educator can provide support and information about:
- Pregnancy, infant care and postpartum care
- Bonding and relationship
- Recognizing and meeting baby's needs
- Expectations for each stage of the child's growth and development
- Ways to play that encourage healthy development
- Diet, nutrition and health
- Breastfeeding support
- Problem-solving and goal setting
- Developmental screenings
- Links to other community resources
The program is based on a national model (Healthy Families America), and funded through Michigan's Home Visitation Initiative and a federal grant (MIECHV). The program uses the Parents as Teachers curriculum as a foundation, as well as a variety of additional materials and activities as needed.
Who is eligible for Ingham Healthy Families?
Ingham Healthy Families is a federally-funded home visiting program. The program is voluntary and open to all who are eligible under these two criteria:
- Families expecting a baby, or who have a newborn under 3 months of age
- Families that live in the local school districts of the Ingham ISD service area: Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Waverly, Webberville and Williamston
How does Ingham Healthy Families support families?
The program provides:
- Free screenings for baby and family
- Built-in supports for the whole child and family.
- Highly-qualified and certified Parent Educators
- Family-centered home visiting
- Family support for up to five years (if desired)
- Flexible support based on family needs
How do families get started with the program?
To refer a family (or yourself), please complete the referral form as completely as possible. Once a referral is received, an initial screening will be conducted to determine if referral criteria are met. If referral criteria are met, an initial home visit will be done with the family to learn more about their needs. Families who are eligible to receive services will then be assigned a Parent Educator and contacted within two weeks.