Home Visiting Programs in Los Angeles County:

In alphabetical order:

Early Head Start: Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and pregnant women and their families. Home-Based services are provided through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family.  The home visitor provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support the child’s development. Twice per month, the program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a group for learning, discussion, and social activity.

Healthy Families America: Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.  It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.  HFA services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).

SHIELDS for Families’ Healthy Start ProgramSHIELDS’ Healthy Start program provides case management and service planning; enrollment in health insurance; linkage to primary and behavioral medical care including health education and promotion, interconceptional care, and screening for a wide variety of maternal and child health conditions. Furthermore, the Healthy Start Program utilizes an array of industry-recognized evidence-based practices in order to provide effective substance abuse treatment services, including Parents as Teachers, Cognitive-Based Therapy, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Family-Centered Treatment, and Triple P Positive Parenting.

Nurse-Family PartnershipNurse-Family Partnership is a free, voluntary, evidence-based program for first-time (“first-time” means no previous live births), low-income (200% FPL) mothers. Clients are enrolled as early as possible during pregnancy to receive tailored home visits by a trained Public Health Registered Nurse. The same nurse will continue to see the client until her child turns two years of age. The program has three main goals:(1) improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women improve their health-related behaviors, including reducing use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal drugs, and screening for depression, anxiety and Intimate Partner Violence, (2) improve child health and development by helping parents provide more responsible and com­petent care for their children by using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire and Dyadic Assessment of Naturalistic Caregiver-Child Experiences (DANCE) and (3) improve the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents develop a vision for their own future, plan future pregnancies, continue their education and find work.

Parents as Teachers: Parents as Teachers works with pregnant women and families with children up to kindergarten with home visits twice a month and monthly group meetings. The Parents as Teachers program strives to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices, while preventing abuse and neglect and increasing school readiness and success.

Partnerships for Families: Partnerships for Families (PFF) is a program designed to prevent child abuse by addressing gaps in the current child welfare system. Voluntary prevention services developed by PFF are offered to pregnant women and families with children 5 and younger who are at high risk for child maltreatment. Each of Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Areas (SPAs) are served by PFF, which collaborates with other organizations to improve outcomes at the agency, family and community levels.

Welcome BabyThis free and voluntary program from First 5 LA offers the following during pregnancy and throughout your baby’s first nine months, and can include the following:

  • An in-hospital visit where you will receive assistance with breastfeeding and information about bonding and attachment, taking care of your baby, and resources your family may need as you transition into motherhood
  • A personal Parent Coach who meets with you and your family in the comfort and convenience of your home
  • Information and support on breastfeeding, home safety and other topics
  • An in-home appointment with a nurse within the first few days after delivering at the hospital
  • Referrals to additional resources to help you and your baby
  • Baby- and mom-friendly items such as thermometers, nursing pillows, toys and baby-proofing supplies for the home.

The program is available to all L.A. County families at no cost, who deliver or plan to deliver at one of 13 participating Welcome Baby hospitals, regardless of income status. Welcome Baby will benefit families in different ways based upon where they live and their specific needs.

Other Resources:

ACLS Training Center – A Parent’s Guide to First Aid: The National Safety Council cites injuries as the leading cause of childhood death. Of the accidents that cause these injuries, half occur in the home. When they do, parents or guardians will need to be prepared to take the necessary action. Understanding basic first aid and how to apply it according to the injury and age of the child is critical and can save the life of their child.

ACLS Training Canter – Pediatric Health and Safety Guide: Parents, teachers, guardians, and even babysitters are all people who are routinely responsible for the care and well-being of children. Because both infants and children are not capable of making the decisions and taking the actions necessary to keep themselves safe, they are dependent on the knowledge and efforts of those who care for them. At any point during the day, a child is faced with potential threats from the things around him or her. From the food that they eat to the water that they bathe in, the risk of injury and even death is something that people should always take seriously. Although some adults may instinctively know how to keep children safe in certain cases, they all must learn how to do it in every situation.

Black Infant Health: Black Infant Health is a unique program designed to address African American infant mortality and to improve the health status of African American families.  Throughout enrollment in the program clients receive positive support, continuous encouragement, referrals to family supportive services, health education, and several invitations to attend activities that celebrate good health in a cultural context. Clients attend group classes that are designed to increase self-awareness and self-esteem via facilitated group discussions, peer support, and personal skills building.

Choose Health LA Moms: In pregnancy, you gain weight, your energy’s sapped, and you don’t feel as good about yourself as you’d like. This free, proven program, created by postpartum experts, can help you return to your weight before pregnancy, increase your energy levels, and make you feel better about you! Get free support, a health tracker, and more. We’re here to help you become a healthier, happier mom.

First 5 California – FREE Kit for New Parents: The FREE Kit for New Parents is packed with the latest information on everything from prenatal care to finding a quality preschool. This award-winning Kit includes: an educational DVD, Advice for New Parents reference book, Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel board book, and much more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

First 5 Los Angeles – Parenting Site: First 5 LA’s Parenting Site is a bilingual source for parenting tips, resources, coupons, and free or low-cost events for the entire family. All of the site’s features are accessible and easy to use on phones or tablets. Each section is full of great content such as blogs, research, tips and more. Try the “Ask a Parent Coach” section in each topic area to get answers to your questions, or check out the brand new “Parenting Guide.”

Head Start: Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start encourages the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. Programs build relationships with families that support positive parent-child relationships, family well-being, and connections to peers and community. Both Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in centers, schools, or family child care homes. Early Head Start services are provided for at least six hours per day, whereas Head Start preschool services may be half-day (four hours) or full-day. Another program option is home-based services, in which a staff person visits children once a week in their own home and works with the parent as the child’s primary teacher. Children and families who receive home-based services meet twice monthly with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.

Joy in Birthing Foundation: We are professional doulas who provide birth and postpartum doula services to low income families, women in the foster care system, mothers in homeless shelters, pregnant teenagers, survivors of sexual trafficking, and expecting women in the criminal justice system. We collaborate with agencies with maternal-child health programs and social service providers to improve the quality of birth, breastfeeding, and baby care. We strive to empower women to get the care they desire, to educate and accompany families before, during and after the birth of their child, providing doula care free of charge for those families who are in need.

Sesame Street in Communities: Here you’ll find tons of multi-media tools in both English and Spanish designed for children from birth to six, a period when brains are developing rapidly and your nurturing interaction makes a lasting difference. Our videos, activities, printables, and digital interactives feature our friendly, furry Muppets and help you playfully, meaningfully engage with kids during everyday moments. The site covers a wide range of topics, from school readiness to building healthy habits to tough issues such as divorce and hunger.

Single Mothers’ Grants: Even single mothers who have planned carefully can experience problems with paying bills. A medical crisis, job loss, family dynamics, housing change – there are many reasons why single moms can find themselves unable to pay all the bills. If you live in California, there are numerous agencies and organizations that can help by offering food, rental and foreclosure assistance, free or low-cost health care and prescriptions and additional programs. Many of the benefits require the recipient to be low income or experiencing a financial crisis.

Strategies for a Baby Proof Apartment: So you’ve had a baby. Congratulations! Now to set about the task of keeping that baby safe in your home. It’s not as easy as you might think, as there are many hazards in each room of your home which can be dangerous to your little one. This room-by-room guide to babyproofing your apartment should help make it a little more manageable.

TeenParent.net: “A home for youth in care and those who care for them.” For foster youth who are expecting or parenting, find out how you can get the things you need and the people who can help you get them. For caregivers of expecting or parenting foster youth, find out how to help the youth in your care. For those thinking about becoming a foster parent of an expecting or parenting youth in care, find out everything you need to know.

Vroom: New science tells us that our children’s first five years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up – it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why Vroom is here. Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds. Vroom was developed by a group of dedicated scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, with input from community organizations and families like yours. Together, we’re providing parents and caregivers with ways to boost early learning.

WIC: WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, issuing checks for healthy supplemental foods, and making referrals to healthcare and other community services. Participants must meet income guidelines and be either pregnant women, new mothers, infants, or children under age five. In California, 83 WIC agencies provide services locally to over 1.16 million participants each month at over 600 sites throughout the State. Contact: 888-WIC WORKS (888-942-9675) or click on the link in the title.

Zero to Three – Parent PortalThere is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what he needs to thrive. Our resources are designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.