Baby U

Supporting parenting ups and downs prenatally to kindergarten entry

COVID-19 Updates

All visits are continuing virtually until COVID-19 numbers decrease in Boone county. Staff drop all needed supplies, like diapers, at client’s homes and then connect virtually through video and/or voice calls on a regular basis. The same education and support that was formerly provided in the home is still provided virtually.

While the visits look different, we are still accepting new families to the program.

Overview

Baby U is a home visiting program supporting families with their specific parenting needs. Using the Nurturing Parenting and Parents as Teachers models, staff walk alongside families with children prenatally through the first semester of kindergarten providing resources, education, and support.

Am I eligible for this program?

Residence

  • Families residing in Boone County

Ages

  • Families prenatal through kindergarten entry

Income

  • Families at or below 200% of the poverty line or with other risk factors

Have questions or want to enroll?

Have more questions about the program? In need but don’t fit the program guidelines? Give us a call and we’d be happy to talk to you! Families can enroll by calling to set up an initial visits and filling out a simple form on their first visit.

Baby U Details

Baby U is designed to help families strengthen protective factors that help them navigate the issues of raising children. It is a home visitation program that serves families with children prenatally up to the age of 5. It utilizes a blended home visitation model of Parents As Teachers and Nurturing Parenting. Both are evidence based early childhood home visitation service delivery models. The model used, and information given, is tailored for the specific family’s need. Parents as Teachers has three main components; parent-child interaction, child development information, and family well-being. The Nurturing Parenting model focuses on self-nurturing, parent-child bonding, and parenting skills. In both programs, parents learn about crucial child development and how to create positive learning opportunities at every stage. To ensure overall family well-being, family and child screenings are utilized. For the children, the Ages and Stages 3 and the Ages and Stages Social Emotional screenings are used to monitor both physical and social-emotional development at regular intervals in the program. For recent postpartum families, the parents are screened using the Edinburgh postnatal depression screening. Additionally, the Everyday Stressors Index is used to identify family strengths and set goals for the future. Various incentives for participating are provided at each visit including; diapers, wipes, home & health items, and board books.

All First Chance for Children home visitation services are designed to foster these outcomes:

  • Support and encourage care that promotes positive brain development and overall early childhood development for children prenatal to five.
  • Provide services that lead to school readiness.
  • Provide families with information and support to prevent child abuse and neglect.
  • Ensure that low-income households and children with special needs have equal access to services

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