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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Here’s a helpful list of tips and resources from the CDC for dealing with stress during this difficult time. Please read and share!

Parenting can be tough!

Learn about your child’s development and how to deal with the ups and downs of parenting. Healthy Start of North Central Florida offers a FREE parenting program in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Marion and Putnam Counties. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to help their children be healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. Learn more about MIECHV on this website and by calling MIECHV in your county.

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We’re still available by virtual visit or phone call!

Local MIECHV Offices

ALACHUA:
352-337-1200
BRADFORD:
352-273-7588
COLUMBIA:
352-273-7588
HAMILTON:
352-273-7588
PUTNAM:
352-273-7588
MARION:
352-547-3730
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Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) supports pregnant women and families and helps at-risk parents of children from birth to age 3 tap the resources and hone the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.

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The goal of Healthy Start is to reduce infant mortality, reduce the number of low birth weight babies, and improve health and developmental outcomes.

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