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A New Court’s Kids Partner

January 24, 2010

This week we sent 225 books to our new partner program, Klamath Falls Healthy Start. This is an amazing program which we are so excited to support. Here’s more information about the wonderful work they do:

Parenting is one of the most important and rewarding jobs a person will ever do — as well as one of the most challenging. And, unlike other jobs, most people have no experience or “training” before becoming parents. As Oregon’s largest child abuse prevention program, Healthy Start’s goals are to prevent child abuse and neglect, improve school readiness, improve infant and toddler health and improve parent-child relationships. Oregon Healthy Start is a fully accredited as a home-visitation program through Healthy Families America.

First-time parents in Klamath County are invited to receive Klamath Healthy Start’s “Welcome Baby” service, including information on infant health, development needs and milestones and basic care. Families are invited to participate in a screening to determine if on-going home visiting services will help support the family. Families who enroll in on-going services may participate in the program for up to three years. Through regularly scheduled home visiting by a Family Support Worker, families receive information and support on:
~ How babies and toddlers grow, develop and learn, including frequent developmental screenings
~ How to help build baby’s brain as you take care of her/him every day
~ How to have a set of parenting skills that work as your baby grows
~ How to keep your baby, toddler and yourself healthy
~ How to care for your baby and toddler, including tips on feeding, sleep and safety
~ How to find out about activities and resources for new families in your community

In 2007-2008, 286 first birth families in Klamath County received services through Klamath Healthy Start. 254 first birth families received Welcome Baby services. 74 families were offered on-going services and 62 families participated in on-going services. 100% of these children had a primary health care provide and 98% were fully immunized. 88% of parents were reading to thir children more than three times per week and 81% received help with social supports. Data from across the state demonstrates that children who’s families who participate in Healthy Start are half as likely to experience child abuse or neglect than the general population.

Healthy Start is voluntary and it’s free. For more information about Klamath Healthy Start, please call 541-883-1030.

The books we’re providing will go to the wonderful staff members who conduct the home visits. These books will be for the families to keep, to help promote literacy and the importance of the simple act of reading to your baby. Our work with Healthy Start goes hand in hand with our work with Klamath Falls Early Childhood Intervention. This week we also sent a box of books to to KFalls ECI for their Birthday Book program where each child gets to choose a book to keep on their birthday.

Supporting programs such as these is at the core of our mission to provide children with special needs the tools and environment they need to thrive.

Little by Little,

Kiki

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Sandi Z. permalink
    January 26, 2010 4:09 pm

    The box of books for our birthday library are terrific! We continue to give a book to each child from birth to 5 that we see at our initial visit with the families and explain why we are able to give such a precious and important gift. The families and their child are so jazzed to take a book home. We are pleased that Healthy Start is now a recipient of Courts Kids, they are an awesome agency who do such important work and we are always happy to partner with them to help make a positive difference in the lives of children and families. (Courtney, the lives you continue to touch will be countless as your legacy lives on) Blessings to you all at “Court’s Kids” Sandi Z.

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