Square One Vice President of Family Services, Joni Beck-Brewer, recently attended the Healthy Families National Conference in Ohio, where she spent several days sharing best practices and new developments with other Healthy Families agencies throughout the country.

Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.

The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care, promote nurturing and attachment, practice effective parenting skills, and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. They also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job.