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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe — and Effective — for Moms and Moms to Be

October 13, 2021

When it comes to the health and happiness of her child, a mom questions everything. Especially in the first few years. The more a mom knows, the better she can protect her child and provide proper nurturing — from the moment she is pregnant until her baby is born and through early childhood. So it’s[…..]

Introduction to the ChristianaCare Health Ambassador Program

May 11, 2021

Adriana Viveros-Sosa Community Health Program Coordinator | Office of Health Equity | ChristianaCare Phone: 302-428-6698 | Cell: 302-274-9969 | Fax: 302-428-5008 4000 Nexus Drive, Wilmington, DE 19803 Office: 302-428-6698 #LoveOfHealth

Intro to the Dual Generation Center at Stubbs Early Education Center

May 10, 2021

The Dual Generation Center at the Stubbs Early Education Center — located at 1100 N. Pine Street, 2nd Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801 — offers opportunities for adults in parenting skills, literacy, financial education, GED preparation, and job training. The center also houses state services from the Department of Health and Social Services; the Department of[…..]

Planning a Pregnancy? Make Sure Lowering Risk for Preeclampsia Is at the Top of Your List.

April 28, 2021

From finances and maternity leave to finding an obstetrician and scheduling appointments to buying a car seat and deciding where to put the baby’s crib, a ton goes into planning for pregnancy and the arrival of your “bundle of joy.” Unfortunately, whether she’s trying to get pregnant or intends to have a child in the[…..]

Your Mental Wellness: Things to Know, Tools 2 Thrive

April 28, 2021

During Mental Health Awareness Month last May, the world was in the grips of the pandemic. For months afterward, many mental health discussions focused on COVID-19-related issues, such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression; anxiety, uncertainty, and fear; and the stress of juggling work-from-home, school-from-home, and keeping safe from the virus. As we celebrate[…..]

Getting Kids School-Ready: A New Report Details Delaware’s Challenges

October 12, 2020

Children who spend their earliest years struggling with physical health, mental health, cultural, language, motivational, or learning challenges are already behind the curve when they start school. A new report from the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network provides information to guide the development of children in Delaware — particularly those in[…..]

Community Health Advocates and Domestic Violence

July 24, 2020

As shelter-in-place orders and safer-at-home mandates keep us from venturing away from home, we face the unfortunate reality that this pandemic may keep people in closer proximity to their abusers. Data from the National Domestic Violence Hotline shows that contact volume to the hotline has increased 9% from 2019 to 2020. The Delaware Coalition Against[…..]

Early Head Start Home Visitor Shares a Success Story

April 4, 2020

When asked to do “virtual” home visits, I was admittedly anxious! I did not have a clear picture of how that was going to work out. But after my first virtual home visit, I completely relaxed and thought, “This can be successful!” I have been busy connecting families with necessary resources. I provided them with[…..]

Healthy Families Delaware Continue to Support Families

April 4, 2020

Healthy Families Delaware (HFD) has completely transitioned to “virtual visits” to continue supporting our families. We are working with our IT department to move all clients to virtual as soon as possible. We were able to deliver supplies such as diapers, wipes, and Cribs for Kids pack n plays last week. Our family support specialists[…..]

At-Home Activities for Children During COVID-19

March 20, 2020

Children throughout Delaware are out of school and now at home, due to the risks of COVID-19. During this time, it’s important to keep children active and engaged throughout the day. This not only helps with boredom, but also helps with their development. Whether your child is between the age of 0-3 years old or[…..]