“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
The Maternal Child Health (MCH) program is a grant under the First Things First organization. Our program is to work with pregnant moms and families that has children 0 – 5 years. MCH is here in the Health Education and Wellness building to provide information about the child’s development covering their cognitive (brain), language, social-emotional, fine (fingers) and gross (large muscles).
As parent educators we have a philosophy (belief) of giving families an opportunity to build a relationship with Maternal Child Health program.
In this relationship, we hope to use the home or office visits to ng parents in build their child’s development according to their age level. The parent educator uses The Parent as Teachers curriculum covering eight different topics:
- Orientation is what does the parent want to receive from this program
- Child Development
- Parenting Behaviors
- Development Topics
- Brain Development
- Family Culture and Perspectives
- Family Supports
- Planning as Partners
A helpful tool the MCH program uses for screening the child’s development is the ASQ-3. The child’s development is crucial (important) during the first five years. Important thought, a child’s brain is 90% developed at age 5.
- Vivian Sue Parker, Maternal Child Health Coordinator (Ext 206)
- Roxanne Rodriguez, Maternal Child Health Advocate (Ext 210)