Becoming a parent for the first time is a life-changing experience at any age.

Healthy Families can help.

All parents experience challenges raising young children and can benefit from help and guidance throughout the process. We know that you are up to for the challenge.

WCAC’s Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County program serves first time parents expecting or with a child under the age of 1, residing in seventeen communities throughout southern Worcester County: Brimfield, Brookfield, E. Brookfield, W. Brookfield , N. Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, Holland, Monson, Oxford, Palmer, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Spencer, Webster, Warren, Wales. Services are provided free of charge from pregnancy through a child’s third birthday.

Healthy Families partners with first-time, young moms and dads to provide coaching and support navigating the ups and downs of parenting. A home visitor from the program will get to know you and your baby in your home. They will help you build parenting skills and answer your questions. They can help you set and achieve personal goals like staying in school or finding the right job. What are you waiting for?

Healthy Families program helps you learn how to:

  • Have a healthy pregnancy
  • Balance school/work and your baby
  • Better understand when your child is hungry, tired or sick; make meal/sleep routines easier
  • Play games with and make toys for your child
  • Set limits and learn different methods of discipline

We can help by:

  • Encouraging families to meet their goals
  • Offering parenting groups and classes, and a place to meet other new parents
  • Teaching songs, games, and activities to help baby grow strong and healthy
  • Providing health information
  • Answering your questions
  • Discussing how to breastfeed and provide good nutrition
  • Referring to other community resources
  • Connecting you to job training and educational programs

Healthy Families Eligibility Checklist

 

Verification

 

If you do not live in one of the towns we serve, please let us help you locate another Healthy Families Massachusetts program. Please call (508) 909-0061 with any questions.

Healthy Families Massachusetts is administered by the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund. Health Families Massachusetts is funded through the Department of Early Education and Care, and is an accredited program of Healthy Families of America

Contact Information

Camille Diaz
61 Pine Street, 2nd floor
Southbridge, MA 01550
Phone: (508) 909-0061
Fax: (508) 909-0062

Please click here to view the Healthy Family FAQs.

STATEMENT FROM WCAC

In the wake of the murder of Mr. George Floyd, we are still searching for words adequate to express our disgust and horror over the actions of those responsible for his death; our deep sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community; and our anger over the repeated dehumanizing and fatal oppressive actions that threaten our nation. On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council, we unequivocally condemn the police brutality that led to Mr. Floyd’s death. We join the call for justice, unity, peace and reform.

Worcester Community Action Council is directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events in our country that have reopened wounds that were never healed.  Our board of directors, staff and clients feel the impact of these events in deeply personal ways, and struggle with the feelings of fear, mistrust, separation, and anger.  We stand together in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful demonstrators across the country who are demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the systemic and intentional acts of oppression imposed upon communities of color.  George Floyd is now among countless, precious Black lives lost due to the imbalance of power in this country that has been perpetuated by racism.  Systemic racism must end.  We must hold ourselves accountable as allies to act as a relentless force for positive change.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. In our role in the community, WCAC must renew and strengthen our calls for an end to the poverty and inequity that threaten our society.

We will be a strong voice against injustice, oppression and hate by advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social and economic systems.

We will continue to work to stabilize individuals and households through our programs while deepening our resolve to create economic self-sufficiency through financial building blocks.

We will continue our leadership role in the City of Worcester’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in partnership with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester Public Schools, recognizing youth employment and education are pathways for success.

We will continue to invest resources in our youngest children across Southern Worcester County from ages zero to five as we help prepare them for long-term success in school and life.

We will use our agency’s purchasing power to support African American, Latinx and Immigrant- owned businesses by purchasing goods and services.

We will support a diverse staff at all levels to work within our own agency staff to examine, change and navigate ourselves and our community into a just and equitable era.

We will listen to the needs of our community and routinely shift our work to address these needs directly.

We will partner with you, and like-minded organizations, to support initiatives that help our community heal, unify, and become stronger.

Together, we can make meaningful reforms, and change the course of the future for our children.

Signed,

Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director                    Noreen Johnson Smith, WCAC Board Chair

Statement endorsed by WCAC Board of Directors 6/2/2020