Healthy Start strengthens young families and promotes health and success for their young children. The program has four components:
- Parenting and educational support
- Group activities such as 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 education and support in their own home. Healthy Start uses the Born to Learn Parents as Teachers program model, incorporating the latest brain research on child development. This model, which teaches parents how to interact with their child at every stage of child development, is proven effective in helping children enhance skills needed for the classroom.
Healthy Start is a collaboration of these area agencies: Friends of Youth (which acts as the 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 under 23 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.