About Family Connection

Helping families raise children to be healthy, safe, learning and ready for school.

The Family Connection started providing services to families in 1999. Over the years, our services have changed to meet the needs of families and the availability and expectations of funding sources.

Working with the Family Connection is free and voluntary. You will never be charged for participating with us. We work with any family who has a child from prenatal to age 5. We provide services in both Henry and Washington Counties. Visits typically occur in the family home, but we can also meet at the Family Connection office or a public space like a park or library. We usually meet with a family two times per month. Visits can be more or less frequent depending on the family’s needs.

Our current services include four components: home visits, group activities, developmental screenings, and resource connections.

  • Home visits:

    The Family Connection uses the Parents as Teachers curriculum for home visits. The PAT curriculum focuses on three areas: parent-child interaction, child development, and family well-being. Each visit is personalized based on the ages of your children, identified strengths and challenges, and your family interests. We also help you set a goal. This goal is specific to you and your family. Each family sets their own goal.  The Family Support Specialist works with you to ensure you have the information and resources to accomplish your goal.

  • Group activities:

    The Family Connection hosts at least one group activity for families every month. This could include Picnic in the Park or Parent and Playgroup. We also support and participate in community activities such as the ECI Early Childhood Summit, Stride into Summer, and Kidzfest. In 2024, we’ll be adding ACT Raising Safe Children to our group opportunities!

  • Developmental Screenings:

    Every child in the home under 6 will receive an annual developmental screening. Family Connection uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, which has general development and social-emotional screening. This screening tool is a snapshot of a child’s progress in meeting milestones. If the screening shows an area of concern or even a developmental delay, your Family Support Specialist will discuss the results and possible options. We regularly partner with AEA to ensure all children get needed services!

  • Resource Connection:

    Staff from the Family Connection stay on top of resources and programs available to community members. We work to connect families to the resources they need. We regularly partner with Community Action agencies, AEA, food pantries, the Fellowship Cup, mental health services, and CPPC groups.

Connect With Us!

(319) 385-8126
Iowa State Extension Office Henry County, 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant IA 52641