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Children First

The Children First Program is a community-based voluntary family resource program which offers public health services to families expecting to deliver and/ or parent their first child. The program encourages early and continuous prenatal care, personal development, and the involvement of fathers, grandparents, and other supporting persons in parenting. Public Health Nurses provide home visitation services during pregnancy and the first two years of the child's life. The nurses follow well-developed program protocols that focus on the following domains:

  • Personal Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Life Course Development
  • Maternal Role
  • Family and Friends Support
  • Health and Human Services

Program goals are to produce healthy family members and enhance a family's ability to care for itself, which leads to:

  • Improvement of pregnancy outcomes
  • Improvement of child development
  • Improvement of child health
  • Strengthened bond between child and parent
  • Achievement of personal goals
  • Improved utilization of community resources

For more information, call the Garfield County Health Department at (580) 249-5977.

Pregnancy & Parenting Resources

American Pregnancy Association

Bedtime Basics for Babies

Preparing for a Lifetime: It's Everyone's Responsibility

Safe Sleeping Environment for Infants (134k.pdf)

Top Ten Safe Sleep Tips for Infants


Parents: ABCs of Raising Safe & Healthy Kids

A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teenage Years


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