The importance of monitoring and encouraging optimal development during the first few years of a child’s life can not be underestimated. Children’s developing brains are highly imprintable and early experiences can shape their understanding of the world for the rest of their lives.
First 5 First Steps
First 5 San Diego was created to promote the health and well-being of children during their first five years of development. As part of our mission to strengthen families in order to protect children, Home Start Inc. partners with First 5 San Diego to offer the First Steps family support program in the East County. This program provides new mothers with highly-trained and personal advisors that provide in-home advice up until the children reach three years old.
“It’s about lifting the mom up so that she can lift up her child.” – Allison Sutherland, Program Manager
During visits with a Family Support Specialist, families can learn about what to expect at each stage of their child’s growth. Every client has different needs and the goal is to create a personal, trusting connection based on individual requirements.
Some of the types of services available are:
Advice: They can gain parenting tips and family management tools, learn interactive ways to help children develop, and set goals for their family’s future.
Safety: Advisors can help ensure the home is safe for baby and offer advice on how to best address signs of illness or distress.
Support: Parents gain the tools necessary to manage stress and cope with the challenges of raising a family.
As children reach their third birthday, First 5 First Steps brings all of the families together for a fun-filled graduation party. This allows parents to connect and build a network of peer support while witnessing their children reaching the first of many important milestones. And, of course, it’s fun for all of the kids too.
“What I enjoy about the First 5 First Steps program is being able to interact with someone so knowledgeable and kind. The simple interaction and information I get from each visit is much appreciated.” – Program Client
For more information about First 5 First Steps, contact:
Amanda Cohen, Program Manager
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