Parenting coaches make the difference to local families

Photo courtesy of Green River District Health Department
Photo courtesy of Green River District Health Department

First time parents or even those veteran parents who might need a course in baby 101 have the opportunity to brush up on their skills in Henderson.

H.A.N.D.S. is a free program open to all Kentucky parents, regardless of income, that are interested in helping their child develop in a stimulating environment.

H.A.N.D.S. offers parenting coaches to expecting mothers. Those coaches make home visits to go through everything from feedings and naps to baby proofing the home.

Health officials say that parents are the first and most important teachers all children will have and this program prepares those parents for the task.

"Babies don't come with a handbook, and it's not always easy to know exactly what to do with that new baby. So the benefits are that someone will actually come into the home and help a new mom or a new dad," Green River Health District Director Deborah Fillman said. 

Children must be enrolled by the time he or she is three months old. The program was formerly for first-time parents, but with renewed funding, is now looking for repeat parents who may want a refresher course. 

To learn more about H.A.N.D.S, click here. 

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