Starting in January of 2016 and renewed again in September of 2021, the Parenting Cottage in collaboration with community partners was awarded one of only a few contracts in the state through the Department of Prevention and and Early Intervention to provide a variety of wrap-around services to families with children prenatal to kindergarten entry residing in Lubbock County.
Community partners on the project include Covenant Health Children’s Hospital, UMC and the City of Lubbock Health Department. Parents with children prenatal to kindergarten entry can begin the process of accessing services by calling the Parenting Cottage at 806-795-7552. There is no costs for any of the services provided.
Vision for Lubbock County: Implement the program through three main objectives:
• Education-to serve the community at large and the targeted population
• Evidence based direct services-responsive to acute assessed needs
• Innovation and Research –supporting current needs and inspiring change for the future
Major Components of the Plan:
Multi-Layer Education program-utilizing both population based messaging and trusted healthcare professionals as messengers to deliver critical information on Safe Sleep, Shaken Baby, Purple Crying, Anti-partum and Post-partum depression. The education begins with the distribution of a “Parent Toolkit” contained in a canvas bag going home with every new parent delivering in Lubbock County.
Parent support services – home visitation services that bring parenting education and early childhood development education into the individual family home with one-on-one learning opportunities taught by degreed professionals.
Specialized clinical services – targeted to inpatients to address anxiety and anti-partum depression which significantly impacts fetal development as well as the health of the mother. Outpatient counseling services for children and families.