Holy Cross Hospital’s award winning Taos First Steps Home Visiting program is celebrating eight years of service to families in our community. First Steps is a free program for families with young children. They provide resources and support to help raise strong and happy families. First Steps Home Visitors are available to discuss parenting triumphs and trials, to listen to the joys and concerns, and support families along the way – from pre-natal until the child’s third birthday.
At the foundation of the program is the home visitor's relationship with the family. The home visitor is dedicated to being responsive to a family's priorities, needs, and concerns. Together families and home visitors establish family goals and then work as a team to accomplish them. Families are given the information, resources and tools they might need to become confident advocates for themselves and for their children.
The Taos First Steps home visitors also work with other community organizations to help families navigate the systems that are available to reduce parenting stress. That leaves families with more time and energy for the joys of parenting.
Taos First Steps Home Visitors will:
See families in the convenience of their home
Answer questions about the baby’s development
Listen, offer support and guidance
Help connect families with resources in the community
Offer friendly, compassionate, non-judgmental support
Studies have shown that families who receive an in-home visit by a trained professional do better on a whole range of outcomes, including improved prenatal health, decreased dependence on social services, increased child literacy and more. Parents who are supported in this way are more likely to help their children shine and meet their full potential.
Taos First Steps is a Holy Cross Hospital program. The program has been a part of hundreds of families' lives in Taos County since 2007. They recently received an expansion of their existing grant that allows them to provide services to any family from prenatal to three in Taos County. For more information please call 575-751-3652.