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Healthy Start


Healthy Start strengthens young families and promotes health and success for their young children. The program has four components:


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 four area agencies: Friends of Youth (fiscal agent and lead agency), Northshore Youth & Family Services, Renton Area Youth & Family Services (RAYS), and Youth Eastside Services (YES).


Ages served: Pregnant or parenting a child/children younger than 5 years old. Can be a grandparent, foster parent, or other custodial parent. Services may continue through to age five.

Requirements: Low income; currently living in King County Snohomish Valley, Skykomish, Duvall, North Bend, Carnation, Issaquah, Maple Valley, and Sammamish.


Services are voluntary and free to participants. All personal information is kept confidential. Call (425)785-8720 for more information.