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 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: Young parents, one of whom must be age 24 or younger, with a child less than 12 months old. Services may continue through age three.
Requirements: Parents must be pregnant or parenting a child less than twelve months old at referral.
Services are voluntary and free to participants. All personal information is kept confidential. Call (425) 844-9669 x102 for more information.