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Welcome to Our Home Visiting Programs!

(Babies First!/Parents as Teachers & CaCoon)


Babies are born to learn and you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around -- and one for which a bit of training and support can come in handy for every parent.  By choosing to participate in our Babies First!/Parents As Teachers or CaCoon home visiting program, you have already shown a desire to invest in your child and in forming a strong foundation for his/her success in school and in later life.  Well done!

Our home visiting programs are designed to offer developmental information and support to all parents of infants, children, and young adults. Our goal is to help you become as independent as possible in caring for your child; access needed resources; identify ways to maximize your child’s potential; and link you to family-friendly events in our county.  We will partner with you in several ways to help your child reach his/her potential:

  • 1. Personal Visits.  During a personal visit, we’ll share information about your child’s development, bring age appropriate activities that you can do with your child, help you become better observers of your child’s play and development.  You can share your parenting concerns and any questions you might have. Visits are usually conducted in your home, making it a convenient and safe place for you and your child. Visits generally last for about 1 hour.

  • 2. Group Connections.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents, learn and share parenting tips, find out what is going on in the community that you may be interested in participating in, let your child play with others in a safe environment.

  • 3. Screenings. Screenings provide an opportunity for you to see where your child’s progress fits in with standardized measures of child development. Health, hearing, dental, and vision screenings are also provided in the comfort of your own home. Screenings highlight the strengths and abilities of your child. If delays are identified that may affect future learning, your home visitor can provide you with specific activities to address the lagging area and/or seek a referral to the appropriate resource for follow up.

  • 4. Resource Networking. Your home visitor is knowledgeable and skilled at accessing community and other resources that you and your family may be eligible to receive. Referrals are individualized based on your needs and interests and are intended to support and enrich your family.


    What you can expect from our home visiting programs:

    • You may receive services from a team consisting of a Public Health Nurse and/or certified parent educator. We will share developmental information about your child so that you can know what to reasonably expect of your child at each stage of his/her development

    • We will talk about brain development and how to take advantage of the periods of development when different parts of the brain are most rapidly developing.

    • We will help you be your child’s first and most important teacher.

    • We will help you become better observers of your child.

    • We will help you have fun playing with your child and show you age appropriate activities and materials.

    • We will act as your personal parenting coach and help you develop new parenting techniques and styles.

    • We will help you develop routines with your child, set and maintain limits, structure his/her environment for lifelong success.

    • We will help you identify behavioral issues early on and take steps to encourage desired behaviors.

    • We will advocate for your child’s needs with members of his/her social and health care teams.

    • We will help you learn how to navigate through the health care and social service systems.

    • We will honor your family and cultural values.

    • We will help you identify you and your child’s strengths.

    • We will help you identify and achieve mutually agreed upon goals.

    • We will share our knowledge of community resources and refer you to events and services that you may be interested in participating in.


    Make an investment in your child’s future.

    Enroll Now!

    Contact Us

    Coos County Public Health

    281 LaClair St
    Coos Bay OR 97420


    Home Visiting Program Manager
    Kathy Cooley


    Phone: 541-266-6726