Mothers and fathers want more information and support on common child-rearing issues – sleeping, crying, toilet training, discipline and ways to encourage their young children to learn, which is exactly what HealthySteps provides.
Designed for all families, HealthySteps expands services beyond those concerned solely with the physical health and development of young children. It moves to a more comprehensive model of healthcare that also supports mothers and fathers in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral and intellectual growth of their children.
Focusing on children from birth to age 5, HealthySteps offers the support that helps parents anticipate developmental stages and possible problems – those teachable moments – to guide them in their roles as parents. HealthySteps uses a team approach to primary healthcare for young children. A professional staff member, called a HealthySteps Specialist, whose background is in child development, nursing or social work is complemented by HealthySteps training, is the member of the healthcare team who provides an effective link between the family and the pediatric and family practice.
- Enhanced well child care, including promoting early literacy
- Home visits by HealthySteps Specialists
- Child development telephone information line
- Child development screenings
- Parent groups
- Linkage to community resources
The HealthySteps Program is a First Things First funded strategy in several regions. North Country HealthCare engages in a practice-based model where child development specialists work in the primary care office where they are able to provide child development screenings, education and support, and information about additional resources for families.
For more information, call 928.522.9430