Public health education & disease prevention for Lake County chaired in Polson, Montana.

Lake County Home Visiting Program

parents_as_teachersA grant from the Affordable Care Act was awarded to the Lake County Public Health Home Visiting Program. This grant enabled our staff to be trained in the evidence based model called Parents as Teachers and are now Certified Parents as Teachers Parent Educators. We have implemented this program into all our visits and are excited to share this curriculum with our clients. Being a parent is hard work. Parent Educators help parents understand child development and connects them to the resources they need to make the best choices for their families.

Parents Educators offer personal visits customized for the needs of your family.

Parents as Teachers children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

  • They’re healthier.
  • They score higher on kindergarten readiness tests.
  • They’re better problem solvers.
  • They’re more advanced in language and social development.

Be a Parents as Teachers parent!

Be more involved in your child’s education.

Connect to your child through play and reading time.

Be confident in your role as a parent.

ENROLL TODAY! Call 883-7288

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Our nurses and Parent Educators provide information and referrals on a wide variety of interests to all families in our community. The program targets engaging women in health enhancing behaviors. Through the program, services are provided to families or caregivers, children in need of services due to health or developmental concerns, and helps to establish and maintain a supportive environment. When visits are in the home we can help our clients by pointing out ways they can use their environment for their own – and their children’s – benefit.

Studies show that home visiting programs have positive results for both children and mothers. These benefits range from reduced risk of pre-term labor, fewer birth weight babies, reductions in infant mortality, and better cognitive and mental health for children and their parents. By increasing our services to pregnant women and families with infants, we hope to give prevention and health education at the earliest point possible, before a child is born. Studies have shown a child will be more successful in school and in their life if they have had a Parent Educator. For more information, call Lake County Public Health at 883-7288.

Pregnant Women

Parent Educators are available to help women:

  • Access health care & community services
  • Follow through with her pregnancy
  • With nutrition information & self care
  • Recognize signs & symptoms of pre-term labor or other health issues
  • Prepare for labor and delivery
  • Help the family prepare for a new baby

Mothers

After delivery, a Parent Educator continues to serve the family. She can offer assistance with:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Support any new moms who are formula feeding, working with them to make sure it enhances the development of the child
  • General questions
  • A post- partum follow up with the new mom to ensure she is recovering and taking good care of herself
    • Post Partum support and information for women experiencing emotional difficulties after pregnancy.
  • A discussion on “Why Dads Matter”

Mama and BabyNewborns

Newborns are fascinating people. The Parent Educator helps the family discover all the wonderful things the new baby is able to do. She provides:

  • Information on caring for the new baby
  • Answers to any questions or concerns about sleeping, crying, feeding, and loving the new member of the family
  • Ideas on coping with the stress of parenting in healthy ways
  • Ways to make a tight bond
  • Suggestions for Safe Sleep for Baby & Mom
  • Car Seat Installation and information

Children

As the baby grows, the Parent Educator provides regular screenings that help parents identify how their child is growing. The Parent Educator provides:

  • Regular growth and development evaluations
  • Assistance with special health care needs and referral services if developmental concerns are identified
  • Guidance on parenting and healthy discipline
  • Information on helping your child handle feelings
  • Suggestions for fun things to do with their children to help in all areas of development including social skills, language development and physical development

Family Group Connection

Family Group Connection is a group of families and friends who meet  once a month. Topics are decided by the group and they help provide snacks if desired. Some of the activities have included: how to make ice cream, stamping fun, scrapbooking, Christmas picture day, healthy relationships and increasing relationship smarts, Deal or No Deal, baby item swaps, sewing projects, making earrings, baby massage, good parenting speakers, Safe & Alive and celebrations i.e., baby shower/birthdays, etc….

“If you don’t have old friends to hang with anymore, make new ones. Make new friends who have kids! Talking to other people who are going through the same things as you is important. They know the deal. They can relate.

Mom’s Group

A group of Mom’s and friends who meet once a month usually on a Friday afternoon at the Lake Co. Public Health Conference Rm from 3-5 pm. Topics are decided by the group and they help provide snacks if they want. Some of the topics covered have been:

“How to Make Ice Cream, Stamping fun- inexpensive gifts, Scrapbooking, Christmas Picture Day, Healthy Relationships & Increasing Relationship Smarts, Deal or No Deal, Baby Item Swap Day, Celebrations-Baby Shower-Birthdays, Sewing Projects, Making Earrings,

Baby Massage, Good Parenting Speaker, Save & Alive, Water Safety, etc….

“If you don’t have old friends to hang with anymore, make new ones.

Make new friends who have kids! Talking to other people who are going through the

same things as you is important. They know the deal. They can relate.”

Studies show that home visiting programs have positive results both children and mothers. These benefits range from reduced risk of pre-term labor, fewer birth weight babies, reductions in infant mortality, and better cognitive and mental health for children and their parents.

By increasing our services to pregnant women and families with infants we hope to give prevention and health education at the earliest point possible, before a child is born. Studies have shown a child will be more successful in school and in their life if they have had a home visiting nurse. For more information call Lake County Public Health at 883-7288.

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Other Resources:

www.cshs.mt.gov

BEST BEGINNINGS CHILDREN’S PARTNERSHIP

HOPE CONFERENCE HANDOUTS
Foster-Wolferman "Family Engagement"

Amy Foster-Wolferman "Family Engagement"

Amy Foster-Wolferman "Preventing, Reducing and Intervening with Challenging Behavior in Young Children"

Amy Foster-Wolferman "Preventing, Reducing and Intervening..."

Mark Moran "Perinatal Addiction and Recovery"

Mark Moran "Perinatal Addiction and Recovery"

Mark Moran "2 of 2"

Mark Moran "Changing the Legacy: A Community Response"

Patrick Shannon

Patrick Shannon "Trauma Informed Care for Drug Endangered Children"

Tom Gutschenritter "Effects of Trauma on Early Neuro Development

Tom Gutschenritter "Effects of Trauma on Early Neuro Development

Jackie McReynolds "Effects of Pre-Natal Meth"

Jackie McReynolds "Effects of Pre-Natal Meth Use"

Bart Klika "Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences"

Bart Klika "Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences"

Robbie Paul "Impact of Historical Trauma on Native American Cultures

Robbie Paul "Impact of Historical Trauma on Native American Cultures

Lisa Anderson-Mangan "Let's Play: The Language of Children"

Lisa Anderson-Mangan "Let's Play: The Language of Children"