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Nurse-Family Partnership and Early Intervention Celebrates Summer

Dozens of families gathered at a picnic at Mt. Pisgah State Park to celebrate the services of Nurse-Family Partnership and Early Intervention.

By Desiree Rockwell

Troy, PA (July 17, 2013) – Nurse-Family Partnership joined forces with Early Intervention to host a summer picnic for the families they serve. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child. Early Intervention (EI) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children (birth to three years of age) who have developmental delays.

The purpose of this joint summer picnic was to encourage family’s interaction, engage families with their children in developmentally appropriate activities such as stacking blocks (fine motor skills), musical instruments, ball toss and parachute bounce (gross motor skills), Play-Doh table, a craft table, bubble station and a duck pool, and to just have fun. Although the heat was sweltering more than 183 participants, including families and volunteers attended the picnic.

Each family went home with a “Summer Fun” bag that included a book and an activity related to the story for them to enjoy. Families also had the opportunity to sign up for door prizes with the most coveted prize being an IPad contributed by Endless Mountains Bracing and Mobility. A manicure was donated by Memorial Hospital’s Massage Therapy Department. Other prizes included gift certificates and developmental toys donated by NFP and EI.

Penney Geiss, Director of the Early Intervention program stated “the families really seemed to enjoy the activities and interacted well with the other families from NFP – I would say the event was a success”.

Both of these programs are voluntary programs and are provided at no cost to families within Bradford and Sullivan Counties. Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a prevention program that provides nurse home visitation services to low-income, first-time mothers. Nurses begin home visits early in the mother’s pregnancy and continue visitation until the child’s second birthday. Nurses provide support, education and counseling on health, behavioral and self-sufficiency issues.

Early Intervention services are available to any family with an infant or toddler who has special needs due to a developmental delay or diagnosis. Services may include: information on how children develop skills and abilities; education and support for parent / caregiver, and specific developmental therapies designed for the child.

Nurse-Family Partnership and Early Intervention share a similar goal to help infants reach developmental milestones and support families to be successful. NFP and EI have been working together for a number of years to support both programs by identifying and referring families in need.

There are currently 57 young mothers participating in the Nurse-Family Partnership program and 100 families enrolled in Early Intervention Services. If you would like more information about either program contact Memorial Hospital at (570) 268-2518 or Bradford –Sullivan Early Intervention at (570) 265-1760 or 1-800-588-1828.

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Press Release
July 17, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444