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Early Intervention Program & Early Family Support Services

Welcome to the Early Intervention Program/Early Family Support Services (EIP/EFSS) in Island County, Washington.

This program supports the success of families who are raising children in challenging circumstances. A public health nurse conducts home visits to provide assessment, education and community resources to families with low to moderate risk of child abuse and/or neglect. Families are referred to the program through the Department of Social and Health Services Children’s Administration services.

Parents and guardians will experience: 

  • Improved parenting practices of caregivers who have had poor parenting themselves, and/or have requested help with parenting issues.
  • Increased repertoire of parenting strategies and organizational resources, especially for parents of premature infants and children with developmental delays, chronic health issues, or mental health issues.
  • Increased health and safety practices at home.
  • Improved safety and health of home environments.
  • Increased connection with people who will provide ongoing material, social and psychological support within established agencies such as Readiness to Learn, Toddler Learning Center, Head Start, etc.
  • Increased social supports through connections with family, neighbors, friends, and others facing similar challenges.
  • Decreased likelihood of future abuse or neglect resulting in the involvement of CPS.

 

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