Healthy Start strengthens young families and promotes health and success for their young children. The program has four components:
- Parenting support and information
- Group activities (e.g. support groups and recreational activities)
- Developmental and health screenings
- Referrals to other resources in the community
While enrolled in the program, young families receive parenting support and information in their own home including the latest brain research on child development. Healthy Start uses the Parents as Teachers program model, which empowers parents to be the best parents possible for their children. This model offers advice for each stage of development about how to create a positive loving family and give children the foundation for success in school and life.
Healthy Start is a collaboration of five area agencies: Friends of Youth (fiscal agent and lead agency), Center for Human Services, Northshore Youth & Family Services, Renton Area Youth & Family Services (RAYS), and Youth Eastside Services (YES).
Ages served: Young parents, age 24 or younger, who are expecting or are caring for their first child. Services may continue until the child reaches 3 years of age.
Requirements: Parents must be pregnant or parenting their first child (under six months of age at referral).
Services are voluntary and free to participants. All personal information is kept confidential. Call (425) 844-9669 x102 for more information.