Welcome to the Delaware Thrives blog!

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.

SAFE SLEEP – Sharing The Safe Sleep Message

June 15, 2019

Safe sleep starts with you! Every parent has the responsibility to share the safe sleep message. Share it with a friend. Share it with your neighbor. Share it with a stranger. The rules of safe sleep could save a baby’s life. When you log onto Instagram or Facebook, you might see a picture of your[…..]

HOME VISITING – Dads Make A Difference

June 10, 2019

The thought of becoming a new parent brings many emotions. You are excited about all the good moments you are going to have with little one. You are anxious about the arrival. You are scared. No one ever taught you how to care for a baby. You are worried about providing for your child and[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY – Spreading The Message

April 26, 2019

Our fight has just begun! When we work towards health equity, we are working towards giving everyone the opportunity to live his or her healthiest life. Not all Individuals live in fair conditions.  We are getting closer, but we still have some gaps to close, mostly with families with low incomes and families of color.[…..]

HOME VISITING: Safe Environment, Bright Futures

April 24, 2019

Babies absorb what they see and hear around them. From an early age, babies can sense the feelings or moods of their parent. When you argue, your baby can feel the stress. What happens in the home can have an effect on a child’s development. Negative reactions like sadness or anger can cause your baby[…..]

HELP ME GROW: Finding Fun in Food

April 23, 2019

Every moment is a teaching moment. You can help your child grow by creating learning moments. Talking is teaching. The words you say or the songs you sing help. It might seem like a small task — yet, your words matter. The words you say to your baby are helping them develop their own language[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Soothing a Fussy Baby

April 23, 2019

You and your baby have built a routine. However right now, your baby is fussy. Their happiness starts with you. When it is time for a nap, you should know what to do to keep them safe. You can help them sleep safely. You can create a safe sleeping environment by following simple safe sleep[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Lauren Joseph

March 29, 2019

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families.  Meet Lauren Joseph of Healthy Families Delaware. Can you tell us a little[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Helen Shallow

March 27, 2019

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families.  Meet Helen Shallow, MSW, LCSW of New Directions Early Head Start. Can you tell[…..]

SAFE SLEEP – Safe Sleep Safety

March 25, 2019

New babies are fussy. It is a struggle to get them to sleep. You want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. You become tempted to put them in your bed. This is not what is best for you or your baby. Sleep well and sleep safe when you follow the safe sleep[…..]

HOME VISITING: Meet Juanita Hopkins

March 25, 2019

Many families in Delaware now have home visitors. Home visiting programs helps new families who are expecting or have an infant at home succeed! Home visitors are the force behind the program. Home visitors have transformed the lives of babies, parents, and families.  Meet Juanita Hopkins of Children and Families First Can you tell us a little[…..]