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"Always working for a safer and healthier Skagit County"
Director: Jennifer Johnson
 
Child & Family Health Division

Courthouse Administration Building, 3rd Floor
700 South 2nd Street
Mount Vernon, WA
98273

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (360) 416-1500
Fax: (360) 416-1501
Skagit Healthy Beginnings Line: 360-630-8352

Promoting Healthy Starts for All Skagit County Children

The first 1000 days of life, from pregnancy to a child’s 2nd birthday, set the foundation for lifelong health. Healthy behaviors, environments and relationships are keys to lifelong health and well-being.

The Child & Family Health Division works with individuals, families and the community to assure that all Skagit County children have the healthiest possible start in life, with particular emphasis on pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Our services are offered at no charge to families. Some of our services have specific eligibility requirements, others are available to all Skagit County families.

Services for Pregnant Women/Expectant Families

Pregnancy is a critical time for the developing child. Public Health works in partnership with others in our community to assure that pregnant women get early prenatal care and find the information and support they need to have healthy babies. Public Health also works to help prepare new moms and dads for a successful parenting experience.

Current programs and services:

Materni-Tea: Meet others who are expecting new babies. Get tips for a healthier, happier pregnancy. Find out about local services and supports. We provide the tea. Hosted by a Skagit County Public Health maternity nurse and a childbirth/lactation specialist. Call or text 360-630-8352 for schedule and location.

Nurse-Family Partnership: for first-time mothers who enroll before their 28th week of pregnancy.

Skagit Healthy Beginnings Line: Call or text 360-630-8352 to find local services and supports that promote health, development and well-being for expectant parents and families with young children.  Calls will be answered or returned Monday - Friday during regular business hours.


Services for Families with Infants, Toddlers or Preschoolers

The first few years of life lay the foundation for future health and success. Science has demonstrated how a child's health and early experiences are connected to later health, educational success, criminal behavior (or the absence thereof) and overall life course. Public Health works in partnership with others in our community to assure that families and caregivers of infants and toddlers get the information and support and linkage to resources they need to get a healthy start in life.

ABCD Dental: Did you know that starting regular dental care is recommended before an infant’s first birthday? Families with children up to age 6 can call Skagit County’s ABCD program at 360-416-1523 for help finding dental care for their children.

Nurse-Family Partnership
: for first-time mothers who enroll before their 28th week of pregnancy. Services continue until the child’s second birthday.

Skagit Healthy Beginnings Line:
Call or text 360-630-8352 to find local services and supports that promote health, development and well-being for expectant parents and families with young children.  Calls will be answered or returned Monday - Friday during regular business hours.

Services for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Families of children with special needs can face many challenges in getting the services they need to address their child's needs. Child & Family Health staff are available to assist families with information and connections to services that will help support their children’s health, development and well-being. Contact us at 360-416-1523 for more information.


Early Support for Infants and Toddlers: If you have an infant or toddler with a developmental delay or if you have questions about your infant's or toddler's development, contact Skagit Preschool and Resource Center at (360) 416-7570.

Parent to Parent of Skagit County provides emotional support and information for families of children with special health or developmental needs. Contact 360-416-7570 for more information, or go to www.p2pskagit.org

Services for Child Care Providers

Skagit County Public Health provides health and safety consultation for child care and preschool providers. Call 360-416-1529 for more information.

Looking for Child Care? Child Care Aware of Washington provides free, unbiased information and referrals for families seeking high-quality child care.Call 1 (800) 446-1114 to talk with a Child Care Referral Specialist who can help you find licensed child care in your area based on your needs and preferences.

Child Care Check
is Washington State's licensed child care status and record data base, housed at the Department of Early Learning. It provides detailed information about a program’s licensing history, basic staffing information, program philosophy and quality rating level. Search providers and find out background check statuses, licensing history, monitoring reports and more.