The Healthy Family Program is designed to support and enhance the development of children under the age of 6. We provide support and information to expectant parents and families with young children on parenting skills, what to expect from your growing child, and activities to enhance your family and child’s development.
The Home Visitor meets one on one with families, either in their own home, at the Arctic Family Centre or at another location convenient for both parties. The Home Visitor can arrange visits around your schedule, even after regular work hours.
The Home Visitor will:
- provide information about how your child is growing and learning
- share parenting videos, hand-outs, books, and toys
- do activities with you and your child
- connect you with other helpful community groups
- if requested, come with you to prenatal check-ups, or other appointments
When resources are available we also offer:
Collective Kitchen: These sessions provide an opportunity for families get together to cook healthy recipes and learn healthy cooking tips at the Arctic Family Centre.
Community Garden: We have garden plots at the Community Greenhouse and in front of the Arctic Family Centre to provide fresh vegetables that are then processed at the centre for use in our programs and distributed to the community.
Weekly Drop-In Sessions: These information sessions allow the opportunity for young families to meet and share in their experiences. It is a great way to develop a community support network and to learn from the community. A light snack is provided and children are, of course, welcome
Special Events: Throughout the year other activities may be offered such as a Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Picnic etc.
How Can I Join the Healthy Family Program?
If you are pregnant, have an infant or a child under the age of 6 this program may be a fit for your family.
You can refer yourself. You can be referred by your nurse, doctor, or other health care professional, family member or friends.
A worker will call you and offer to meet with you in your home or at the Arctic Family Centre to see if the Healthy Family Program is right for you.
Healthy Family Programs
Inuvik – 777-4400 ext 1 or 2
or drop by the Arctic Family Centre
Fort McPherson – 952-2256 ext 26
or drop by John Tetlichi Building