Healthy Start programs offer universal risk screenings for all Florida pregnant
women and infants to ensure early care is directed to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes. Services provided are client-centered, risk-based, voluntary and free with no waiting lists. Initial risks are determined by the prenatal or infant Healthy Start screen completed by the medical provider.
Kids Central is a service provider of Healthy Start services in Alachua, Hernando, and Lake Counties. Kids Central’s Healthy Start Programs provide a holistic approach to maternal and child health, encompassing service planning, community involvement, funding and provision of services. Healthy Start works with other community agencies to provide wraparound services. Healthy Start trained Care Coordinators to provide support and education on:
Parenting – Parents As Teachers or FSU Partners for Healthy Babies curriculum
Childbirth education – Florida Outreach Childbirth Education Program (FOCEP)
It’s never too late or too early to receive a screening for Healthy Start services. You can ask your obstetrician or health care provider at your initial visit upon learning of your pregnancy or you can ask your nurse for a Healthy Start Postnatal Infant Screening before you go home from the hospital.
Healthy Start is a free program offered in the state of Florida. It is available to all pregnant women and families with babies up to age 3. If you have questions or would like a screening, please contact an Healthy Start location.