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Healthy Start

A Good Life Begins with a Healthy Start
Healthy Start is a home visiting program for young, first-time parents who are pregnant or caring for their first child who is under six months of age.  With Healthy Start, teen mothers get consistent, non-judgmental support for themselves and their babies.  Early support and intervention promotes strong parent-child bonding, healthy child development and optimal brain development, all of which lead to school success. 

Our focus is on strengthening and empowering young parents to be able to give their babies a Healthy Start.  Family Support Specialists or trained volunteer mentors meet with the family each month in their home to provide:
  • Training on positive attachment and parenting skills
  • Information on child development and health care
  • Education, social and group activities
  • Family-centered goal setting
  • Links to community resources

For more information, call 425.747.4937.

Become a Health Start Parent Mentor

Each Healthy Start Volunteer Parent Mentor is matched with one family and builds a rapport with the young, first-time parents while making home visits. The program officially ends when the child reaches the age of three, but participants and mentors often find a lasting relationship has been formed.
The primary role of a Parent Mentor is to provide social support to their participant. Volunteers receive training and ongoing supervision that prepares them to assist young families by linking them with community resources, encouraging positive parenting, promoting communication and supporting healthy child development.
  • Mentors are needed for the entire Healthy Start service area. Bilingual, Spanish speaking mentors are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 25 years old, hold a valid Washington State driver’s license, and have appropriate levels of auto insurance or access to public transportation.
  • Each individual must complete a comprehensive application and screening process, including background check, DSHS screening, and submission of references.
  • All applicants must complete an 8-12 hour Parent Mentor training program before being matched with a family.
  • Volunteers must be able to make at least a 12 month commitment to the Parent Mentor Program. 
Potential volunteers should contact Karen Wherlock or call 425.586.2320.