“I've worked with Headway for over ten years and the quality of the services they provide to youth and their family has been excellent. The staff genuinely care about their clients and want them to be successful…they hold their young clients accountable for their behavior.

- Willie Bridges, Senior Planning Analyst, Office of the Hennepin County Attorney

Infant Home Visiting

Our Infant Home Visiting and Family Spirit programs serve young children from prenatal to age four and their parents who may be struggling with the natural difficulties of becoming new parents.

Rather than assuming a parent is in any way incapable, our trained home visitors provide long-term, clinically-supervised intensive home visits that focus on strengths and relationship-building to encourage and support the new family in its own, unique growth. The bond between the child and the parent is our client -- not the child or parent(s) themselves.

Through therapeutically grounded, curriculum-enhanced methods, our home visitors assist and support the parent(s) in their role as their child’s first and primary educator, ensures that the child is developmentally on track, and promotes a healthy parent-child relationship.

Family Spirit focuses on providing culturally specific support for American Indian families. Families can enroll in either program prenatally or up until their child is three months of age.

Desired outcomes of the program are:

  • Children arrive at preschool and kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Parenting promotes optimal growth and development.
  • Maternal behaviors promote healthy babies and children.

Our Infant Home Visiting program is a member of the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families. Both it and Family Spirit are funded in part by a generous gift from the Otto Bremer Trust, given to support our work with non-majority populations.

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