First Chance for Children’s home visitation program, Baby U, is designed to help families strengthen protective factors that help them navigate the issues of raising children. Families that live in poverty often lack the supports other families have as they deal with everyday problems. Without support small problems become big ones, and big problems can stress a family to the breaking point. These issues cause trauma, which affects family resiliency and impacts the development of children.
Services include parent education through intentional home visitation, parent connection opportunities and playgroups, Toy Lending Libraries and incentives including; diapers, wipes, home & health items, and board books for program participation.
The research-based Nurturing Parenting and/or Parents as Teachers home visitation model is used as the foundation of the home visitation program. All First Chance for Children home visitation services are designed to foster these outcomes:
• Support and encourage care that promotes positive brain development and overall early childhood development for children birth to three.
• Provide services that lead to school readiness.
• Provide families with information and support to prevent child abuse and neglect.
• Ensure that low-income households and children with special needs have equal access to services.
Baby U home visits are funded by a Missouri Department of Social Services grant through The Community Partnership of Phelps County. First Chance for Children also receives funding through the Boone County Children’s Service Fund to support these visits within Boone County.
Family participation is determined by income guidelines and individual family risk factors. Contact First Chance for Children for additional information and to see if you are in a service area.