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First 5 First Steps

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First 5 First Steps (First Steps) strengthens child and family relationships by providing support, education, and guidance through home visits. Services are provided prenatally to 3 years of age.

First Steps uses evidence–based programs that help promote positive parent-child interactions and build family self sufficiency. The Healthy Families America model and the

 

Parents As Teachers educational curriculum have demonstrated positive outcomes for families that include:

• Child safety (reduced child neglect and maltreatment)
• Child health (positive birth outcomes and increased breastfeeding)
• Access to care (complete well-child visits and immunizations, and established medical home)
• Parent and child interaction
• Family self-sufficiency

Who We Serve
Expectant parents who reside in San Diego County and who are:
• Low income (below 200% Federal Poverty Level)
• Teens (ages 13-21)
• Immigrants and refugees
• Military (child is dependent of active duty, guard, reserve, or veteran service member)
• AND have additional stressors or vulnerabilities that warrant support

What We Do
• Provide prevention and early intervention home visitation services
• Nurture the development of healthy relationships between parent and child
• Enhance parent knowledge about the growth and development of their child
• Support positive parenting practices
• Encourage sound safety practices
• Customize services based on family strengths and needs
• Promote parent and child well-being through support and education
• Provide community referrals for parents and their children, including connections to a medical provider
• Provide home visits beginning prenatally
• Offer ongoing home visits until the child is 3 years old

When to Refer
We accept referrals prenatally for families who are ineligible for other home visiting programs, or when those programs are at capacity.
For more information go to:
firststepssd.com