Many modern families are busy and at times, overwhelmed with the demands of raising children. The Respite Child Care program, through North Coast Opportunities, provides a short term, licensed child care services for families experiencing extreme stress. Parents are referred through a service provider for the services. For more information, please contact Nicole McKay at NCO at 707-994-4647
Mother-Wise aspires to be the “next best thing to family” when it comes to support. Some new parents face unimaginable hardships, but our job is straightforward, no matter the details. We strive to support the best possible outcome for all moms, babies, and families in the first year after birth. The Mother-Wise program is a locally designed initiative to provide new mothers with the support they need to increase their attachment to their child. With well trained local volunteers providing in home support, new moms can learn how to feel better and also, where to go for help when they feel overwhelmed. Increasing attachment will benefit mother and child throughout their lives.
For more information, or to train as a Mother-Wise volunteer, please contact Jaclyn Ley at 707-349-1210
For a new pregnant mother, the health of her baby is uppermost in her mind. To give her child a good start in life, mothers can begin with a healthy diet during pregnancy. Part of staying healthy is to avoid alcohol, drugs and smoking. The 4Ps project can provide support for women in reducing and eliminating substance use during pregnancy. Medical providers can participate by implementing the 4 Ps screening tool in their offices or clinics, make referrals for support services, and provide effective prevention for lifelong health.
To find out more, please contact the Health Leadership Network at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Parents “On the Go”
The ability to break down transportation barriers ensures that young parents are able to get themselves and their children to health care appointments. The young parents in the Teen Parent Program at Lake Family Resource Center, are requesting help with transportation, because they understand the importance of early prenatal care and well child checkups. By assisting young parents with access to medical, mental health and social services, families can get the help they need to keep themselves and their babies healthy. For more information, please contact Teresa Stewart at Lake FRC at 707-279-0563
Snuggle Nest Project
The Snuggle Nest provides comfort and security by keeping your little one out of the “rollover zone” while he or she is sleeping in your bed. The sturdy, protective walls help protect baby from adult bedding. The firm mattress with a wraparound sheet is a safe sleeping surface for your child. The included Light unit features a soft light that lets you check in on your little one without disturbing his or her sleep. The folding design of the Snuggle Nest lets you quickly and easily fold up the bed for easy portability.
- Creates a separate sleeping space for
- Rigid walls protect your little one against bedding and rollover
- Folding design for easy portability
It is being offered free to third trimester women and parents of newborns under one month of age that plan to co-sleep, have temporary housing and/or are homeless. It is easy to set up. Stop using the Snuggle Nest when infant reaches 4 months of age or starts to get into a crawling position on hands and/or knees.
One can obtain a Snuggle Nest or a redeemable coupon from several local medical providers, First 5 Lake, WIC, Lake Family Resource Center, Healthy Start and Child Welfare Services. If you wish to obtain further information please contact First 5 Lake at 707-263-6169.
Nurturing Touch and Infant Massage
New parents can build a stronger bond with their new infant by learning Nurturing Touch and Infant Massage. The benefits include the ability to tune-in to your baby’s cues and to respond effectively. This can improve sleep for the child, and reduce colic, gas and teething pains. Parents learn calming strategies to lower stress for everyone in the family. This service is free and can take place in your own home. For more information, call Easter Seals at 707-263-3949.
- Parent groups
- Individual parents
- Pregnant parents
- Pre-crawling infants
- Infants or toddlers with special needs
Easter Seals Instructors are trained through Foundation for Healthy Family Living.
Made possible by funding through Lake County Children’s Council and First 5 Lake.
Easter Seals provides early child development support and intervention to infants and toddlers (birth to age 3) with developmental disabilities, delays or who are at risk for delay.
Easter Seals in home intervention services include:
- Early Intervention
- Child Find Linkages
- Developmental Screening
- Transportation Assistance
- Child Care Consulting
- Infant Massage Training for Parents
Is your child developing on time?
In the first 5 years of a child’s life, children develop skills, or “milestones” at their own pace.
To see if your child’s development is on schedule complete an Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3 tm) a free screening tool available through Easter Seals. ASQ-3 results will help you see if your child’s development is on time and alert you to concerns you can talk over with your health provider.
Easters Seals offers:
- In-Home Observations
- Parent Guidance
- Referral Assistance
Made possible by funding through First 5 Lake.