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The FSU Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum

Partners for a Healthy Baby is a nationally recognized, evidence-informed curriculum used by many home visiting models to improve birth outcomes, reduce rates of child abuse, increase intervals between pregnancies, strengthen families, enhance child health and developmental outcomes, and support family stability and economic self-sufficiency. The Partners curriculum was developed by a highly experienced multi-disciplinary faculty team at Florida State University and designed to support a systematic approach to planning and conducting effective home visits.

The FSU Partners curriculum is unique in that it addresses issues of child health and development within the context of the multifaceted needs of expectant and parenting families. The evidence-informed content in each book supports the home visitor's ability to systematically plan home visits and address key topics that are essential in achieving both family and program outcomes.

Each book in the five-volume curriculum series - Before Baby Arrives, Baby's First Six Months, Baby's Months 7-12, Baby's Months 13-18, and Toddler's Months 19-36 - has a Research Basis, a User's Guide, an Overview of Topics, and an accompanying set of full-color handouts for the home visitor to use when planning their visits. These handouts for families, which can be purchased separately in English or Spanish, summarize critical information and help the home visitor introduce subjects that may otherwise be difficult to talk about with families.

The curriculum is designed to help the home visitor:

  • Plan each visit so that critical topics are covered in a timely manner.
  • Know important facts about each topic.
  • Communicate effectively by using the open-ended questions and other prompts that are provided.
  • Record and keep track of the topics covered with each family.
  • Know what to look for in order to detect early signs of health or developmental problems and how to discuss your concerns with the family and/or a health care provider.
  • Recognize what should be reported to your supervisor or when to seek further guidance.
  • Prepare parents with the knowledge and skills needed to care for their baby and support optimal bonding and attachment.
  • Encourage parents to engage in activities that support all aspects of their child's development.
  • Promote changes toward healthier lifestyles for expectant and parenting families.

In the News

"They are on the cutting edge of maternal and early child work. Their program is extremely flexible and helps address a range of outcomes. It [the curriculum] takes the research and packages it in an extremely accessible way."
- DEBORAH PERRY, Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development