The Pierce County Public Health Department has recently been notified that it will receive a grant award from United Way St. Croix Valley. This marks the eighth year these grant dollars have been received for use toward the Families First (FF) program. As in the past, this money will help support and sustain the FF program which is a continuation of the Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC) program. Public Health Nurses schedule up to four supportive parenting visits with families previously enrolled in PNCC, beginning within two weeks of birth, and continuing until the baby is six to nine months old. The baby is assessed for growth and development, the mother’s recovery from childbirth is reviewed, reading-level-appropriate education material is provided, and concerns are addressed at each visit. Additionally, referrals to community resources are made as appropriate. Each visit is meant to support the parent in their new role, teach positive parent-baby interactions, provide resources and information (e.g., growth, development, feeding, immunizations, safety, etc.) for the parent, and address any parental concerns.
United Way St. Croix Valley serves the residents of Pierce, St. Croix, Burnett, and Washburn Counties. For further information on United Way please go to www.unitedwayst.croix.org and for information on Pierce County Public Health services visit www.pierce.wi.us, select Public Health Department or call (715) 273-6755.