Children First Program
Children First, Oklahoma's Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary family support program that offers home-based services to mothers expecting their first child. Upon enrollment, a public health nurse works with the mother in order to increase her chances of delivering a healthy baby. In addition, the nurse will educate the mother about child safety and child development. The nurse can also connect the mother to needed services in her community such as childcare, housing and job/educational programs.
Children First empowers first-time eligible families to care for themselves and their babies by providing information and education, assessing health, safety and development and providing linkages to community resources, thereby promoting the well-being of families through public health nurse home visitation, ultimately benefiting multiple generations.
Children First, Oklahoma's Nurse-Family Partnership, was created by state statute in 1996 and funded with state appropriations. In February 1997, four pilot sites with 19 nurses were based in Garfield, Garvin, Muskogee and Tulsa Counties. By October 1998, services were available in all 77 counties making Oklahoma the first state in the nation to institute the Nurse-Family Partnership statewide.
As of June 2007, approximately 150 public health nurses are dedicated to providing Children First home visits. Training, consultation, monitoring and evaluation are provided by Children First program staff located at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 706
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299