What We Do

Home Visits

Home Visits

Home visits help parents or primary caregivers manage the demands of parenting by building confidence in their parenting skills and help them understand their child’s development from birth to 1 year. During home visits, we discuss a variety of materials related to infant and maternal health. We also talk about early child development and school readiness, as well as address questions and concerns of parents, encourage problem solving, facilitate goal setting and connect families to community resources. Families who participate in home visits can participate in an online infant CPR class free of charge!

Sign up for a free home visit here.

Success Stories:

“Welcome Baby is a great program. It sounds almost too good to be true. I wish more people knew about this free service.”

"I loved all of the information I recieve. Especially learning about the playgroup and also the parent class that are both free to all the public. I also loved how kind and informative the volunteer was. She answered my questions very well. And it was easy and enjoyable to talk to her."

“I loved the information, the positive and compassionate attitude of the volunteer, and the cute gift. My volunteer made me feel validated, empowered, and excited about being a mom."

Resources

Want to learn more about common topics in childhood? We've compiled links to valuable informational websites.

View our Resources.

Ready to Learn- Sponsored by PBS Utah

Ready to Learn- Sponsored by PBS Utah

Ready to Learn parenting workshops help parents raise healthy children. The twelve workshops present key steps in your child’s development, demonstrate how to combine media with reading, and provide hands-on activities to enhance your child’s learning. Each month, participants receive fun activities to do with their children and a complimentary children’s book. Pizza and child care are provided at most locations. This program is made available through partnership with PBS Utah.

RSVP for in person course here.

View the online course.

Success Stories:

“[Ready to Learn] teaches me a lot! I learn more of my children's development and how alternate ways to respond to different behaviors. It also really empowers me as a mother. I LOVE these classes and I look forward to them each month! I also love the handouts they give, because we use them at home and we really enjoy the learning and fun they are. Also free lunch..that's just the cherry on top :) thanks everyone for helping my family!”

“The free books make my kids think books are the coolest things. I feel more confident and way more informed. It has radically improved by parenting”

"[Ready to Learn] gives me a chance to relax while my daughter is being looked after... I also really like that I can learn about child development and how to apply the principles to my parenting right now. The free books are great too!”

Play Groups

Play Groups

The Welcome Baby Playgroup program provides an opportunity for parents and their children to receive interaction as well as provide tools for parents to feel more confident and ready for parenthood.

Studies have shown that there are many benefits to both the parent and child who participate in playgroups. Some of these include: providing opportunities for parents to share experiences, enhance self-esteem, social support, and a sense of belonging. Likewise, playgroups provide children with a stimulating environment and strengthens social skills while they learn as they learn through a variety of stimulating activities. Participating in playgroups will be an invaluable experience for everyone involved.

We currently have 3 playgroups. Come to any of our groups in these areas; no registration required.

  • Monday mornings, 10:30am-12:00pm at the Utah County Health Department 151 S University Ave, Provo, Utah 84601
  • Friday mornings, 10:30am-12:00pm at South Franklin Community Center 770 S 700 W, Provo, Utah 84601
  • Monday mornings, 10:30am-12:00pm at Kids Who Count, 345 N. SR 198, Salem, Utah 84653

Success Stories:

"It has helped my children and I a few ways over the years. It helps with socialization, wehave all made friends there. My kids have learned songs they live singing at home and elsewhere. They have learned about colors, seasons, animals, and other topics. It has helped with coordination and creativity with activities like dancing and crafts. We were able to learn about and join other programs like Kindermusik and food sense through playgroup. It has even helped me with my business through contacts I have made through playgroup.”

“My son always hums the songs we sing at playgroup. He loves playgroup... Even though he is extremely shy he soaks up everything.”

“We love the Playgroup. It is close to our home and we walk there each week. I have connected with other moms, made friends, shared ideas and even had a employment opportunity through the people I met there. My child has been able to practice early social skills through the shared experience. The variety of activities seems just right for the average age of kids that attend.”

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

Among the many moments children miss out when parents and grandparents land in prison is the opportunity to cuddle together for a bedtime story. Bedtime stories is a program that offers these families the next best thing: audio recordings of women reading stories and singing songs for their children.

Once a month at the Utah State prison, volunteers set up inmates with storybooks and recorders. The recordings are reviewed and then mailed to the inmates’ children. The children get to hear the voices of their loved ones, while inmates get a chance to focus on and connect with their children.