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Partnering with Healthy Start
Find a Healthy Start
Use the Healthy Start Directory to look up Healthy Starts by county.  The directory provides you with the name of the manager, phone number, and address.

 
What Healthy Start Has to Offer
During the first two-day RFHF training, children’s library staff and Healthy Start family support workers were asked: “What early literacy activities are you already doing?”  Read the notes from this activity to learn what Healthy Start family support workers may have to offer in a partnership.
 
Here are some general things Healthy Start family support workers may have to offer libraries, contact your local Healthy Start to find out more:
  • Access to the children and parents that don’t typically go to the library.
  • Access to the children and parents who can’t afford to purchase a lot of books, attend parenting classes, or enroll their children in high quality programs.
  • Expertise on how to engage at-risk families.
  • Expertise on what resources at-risk families need and want.

 
Ideas for Partnering
During the first two-day RFHF training, children’s library staff and Healthy Start family support workers were asked: “In an ideal situation, how could libraries and Healthy Start partner to provide early literacy information and services to new parents?”  Read the notes from this activity to learn what projects family support works and library staff would like to partner on.  (RFHF Participants, these are your "cookies", and those from all other cohorts too.)
 
Healthy Start recommends ways you can support them or partner with them.  Do not limit yourself to this list, if you have additional ideas be sure to discuss them together.  (Note: you have to scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the recommendations.)
 
 

 
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