Healthy Steps

Healthy Steps

Mothers and fathers want more information and support on common child-rearing issues – sleeping, crying, toilet training, discipline and ways to encourage their young children to learn, which is exactly what Healthy Steps provides.

Designed for all families, Healthy Steps expands services beyond those concerned solely with the physical health and development of young children. It moves to a more comprehensive model of healthcare that also supports mothers and fathers in their role as nurturers of the emotional, behavioral and intellectual growth of their children.

Focusing on children from birth to age 5, Healthy Steps offers the support that helps parents anticipate developmental stages and possible problems – those teachable moments – to guide them in their roles as parents. Healthy Steps uses a team approach to primary healthcare for young children. A professional staff member, called a Healthy Steps Specialist, whose background is in child development, nursing or social work is complemented by Healthy Steps training, is the member of the healthcare team who provides an effective link between the family and the pediatric and family practice.

Healthy Steps Services:

  • Enhanced well child care, including promoting early literacy
  • Home visits by Healthy Steps Specialists
  • Child development telephone information line
  • Child development screenings
  • Parent groups
  • Linkage to community resources

The Healthy Steps Program is a First Things First funded strategy in several regions. North Country HealthCare engages in a practice-based model where child development specialists work  in the primary care office where they are able to provide child development screenings, education and support, and information about additional resources for families.

For more information, call 928.522.9430

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