Birth to Three
Raising a child encompasses so many things besides just meeting basic needs. Questions may arise such as: “What should my baby being doing at this age?” “Is it okay for my baby to be home with me or should I enroll them in a community program?” “Where can I go to find a good childcare program?” and “I’m worried that my baby isn’t developing appropriately, where do I go for help?” We’ve included a listing of just some of the resources available, along with links to their website where you can go for information specific to your needs.
Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, is a community program that provides nutrition and health education, along with other services to qualifying Kansas families. WIC helps with healthy food, weight checks for children and much more. www.kansaswic.org. Go to their Kansas map and search for the WIC office in your county: www.kansaswic.org/WIC_county_map.html.
Early Head Start provides both center-based and/or home-based services for income-eligible families with children under three. Early Head Start focuses on building healthy relationships between parent and child. This program is year round and works with the families schedule to ensure the best possible outcome for the family. For more information: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/about-ehs.
The Parents As Teachers program, or PAT, helps guide and encourage parents as they raise their children. Home visits, filled with developmental screenings, handouts for fun ideas and developmental “next steps” provide parents with the support and information they need to feel confident raising a happy, healthy child. Please visit: www.kpata.org for your link to the Kansas Parents As Teachers website.