Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse
The foundation of a child’s brain is built during the first three years of life.
Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children.
The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care, promote nurturing and attachment, practice effective parenting skills, and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. They also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job.
In Fiscal Year 2018, Healthy Families Massachusetts programs served 2,667 families and completed 34,088 home visits.
Organizations that are interested in exploring ideas and resources for implementing high-quality family support and coaching programs are welcome to visit our Healthy Families resource library.