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The FSU Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum
Partners for a Healthy Baby is a nationally recognized, research-based, practice-informed curriculum used by many home visiting models to meet their program goals including:
  • improving birth outcomes
  • reducing rates of child abuse
  • strengthening families
  • enhancing child health and developmental outcomes
  • promoting family stability and economic self-sufficiency
The 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 research-based 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 series — Before Baby Arrives, Baby's First Six Months, Baby's Months 7-12, Baby's Months 13-18, Toddler's Months 19-36 has a Research Basis, a User’s Guide, an Overview of Topics, and a List of Recommended Resources.

Each curriculum book also has an accompanying set of full-color handouts for the home visitor to use when planning their visits. The 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.

The curriculum is designed to help you:
  • Plan the purpose of your visit so that critical topics are covered in a timely manner.
  • Know important facts about each purpose and how to find additional information & resources.
  • Communicate effectively by using 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 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.
  • Teach parents activities that support all aspects of their child's development.
  • Encourage 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