Nurse Family Partnership

Helping First Time Parents Succeed

Currently enrolling clients – call (239) 225-7725.

In January 2013, Healthy Start is launching a new program called, Nurse-Family Partnership. Funding is from The Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which is an Initiative of the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc.  Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence based program with intensive home visiting and education from nurses focusing on first-time mothers in Golden Gate, Lehigh, and Clewiston.  Clients are encouraged to continue with the program until the child turns three years of age.


Nurse-Family Partnership focuses on first-time mothers because it is during a first pregnancy when the best chance exists to promote and teach positive health and development behaviors between a mother and her baby.

The Nurse-Family Partnership program is delivered by registered nurses who are perceived as trusted and competent professionals, fostering a powerful bond between nurse and mother.

Outcomes from another project include:

  • 48% reduction in child abuse and neglect
  • 56% reduction in emergency room visits for
  • accidents and poisonings
  • 59% reduction in arrests at child age 15
  • 67% reduction in behavioral and intellectual
  • problems at child age six
  • 35% fewer hypertensive disorders of pregnancy