Early Childhood Health
What is HANDS?
HANDS stands for Health Access Nurturing Development Services. This is a free home visiting program for Kentucky pregnant moms-to-be and new parents that supports all areas of baby’s development and provides community resources to the parents. Services are provided throughout pregnancy and the first two years of the baby’s life.
When can a parent get enrolled for this program?
A parent can be enrolled during any pregnancy (not just the first) or after any baby’s birth before the baby reaches three months old.
What topics are covered in this program?
Here are just a few examples of topics covered during home visits:
- How to have a healthy pregnancy
- How to care for baby
- How to bond with baby
- How to provide child with enriching learning experiences
- How to create a safe and healthy home
- Child development – learning, physical, and emotional milestones
- How to deal with stress
- Safe Sleep – If home assessment indicates an unsafe sleep situation for baby, a new Pack and Play can be provided to parent(s) at no cost
Who can qualify to participate in the HANDS program?
- Any pregnant woman
- Anyone raising a baby less than three moths old, including:
- New parents
- Foster parents – licensed by the state and trained caregivers
- Fictive kin – relative or individual not related by birth, adoption, or marriage, but who maintains an emotionally significant relationship with the child; alternative to entering into the Foster Care system
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