Guiding principles of parent education

  • Learning begins before birth and is lifelong.
  • All children and families have the right to be safe, happy and healthy.
  • Parents are their children's first and most important teacher.
  • Raising young children is challenging.
  • All parents benefit from parenting education and support.
  • The parent and child relationship is the foundation of healthy development.
  • Children's experiences, including how their parents respond to them, shape their development.

Basic services offered to all parents

Home visits beginning prenatally, or at birth through infancy and early childhood (0-3 years); parent skill building, education and information, including parenting support; developmental screening; and referrals and assistance in connecting to community resources.

Home visiting services 


During home visits a qualified Healthy Families home visitor will share and support parenting practices that:

  • Build a strong attachment and relationship with your baby.
  • Support your baby's healthy growth, development and learning.
  • Promote talking, singing, reading and playing with your baby to support early learning.

       AND provide information on...

  • Basic infant care.
  • How your baby learns and grows.
  • Understanding and coping with the stress of parenting.
  • Being the best parent you can be (parenting skill, discipline, toilet training, budgeting).
  • Nutrition, breast, bottle or other feeding concerns.

        AND meet you in your home to...

  • Demonstrate fun and educational parent-child activities.
  • Answer questions you may have about parenting.