Welcome Baby is 1-Year-Old

In the summer of 2015 United Way of Sheboygan County, along with other key partners, hosted a community conversation focused on early learning and child development efforts in Sheboygan County. After continued collaboration and donor support, the Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (SCCPC) was established in January of 2016.

The SCCPC is a cradle to career initiative, with the current focus of developing and sustaining prevention support for children, their families and caregivers. The initiative is supported by United Way of Sheboygan County, the backbone nonprofit organization, as well as a diverse team of experts from healthcare, government, education, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals from the community.

The first program developed by the SCCPC in November of 2016 was Welcome Baby. The program is now offered to all first-time parents and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Sheboygan County. During the Welcome Baby hospital visit, a Resource Specialist meets with families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospital to provide community resource information, as well as connect families to Parents as Teachers home visiting program.

The SCCPC is excited to celebrate Welcome Baby’s first birthday! Through this past year, the Resource Specialist staff from Family Connections visited 378 families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospitals. During these visits, families receive a community resource booklet, outlining resources such as basic needs and other parenting support programs and online information. In addition, families also receive a board book to promote literacy and safe sleep habits, as well as additional information about postpartum depression.

After the visit in the hospital, the Resource Specialist may offer families the opportunity to connect with a Parent Educator from the Family Resource Center to learn more about the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting program. Throughout this past year, there have been 138 home visits serving 30 families through the Welcome Baby program. The PAT home visiting program gives parents the opportunity to learn more about community resources, child development and learning activities for their children, as well as other parenting topics.

When looking at how SCCPC has developed and grown over the past two years, it is clear that collaboration has been the key to success. As more organizations that serve families and children work together, the community will benefit. For more information, contact Corrissa Frank, Community Partnership for Children Coordinator at corrissa@uwofsc.org.