siblings laying ouside on the grass
siblings laying ouside on the grass

Early Childhood
Programs

Fostering healthy development

mother and her daughter

Funded by The Children’s Trust

Healthy Steps Program

Year Program Began: 2010

Program Description: Healthy Steps is an evidence-based, interdisciplinary pediatric primary care program designed to promote nurturing parenting and healthy development for babies and toddlers. The Healthy Steps (HS) approach means the entire practice works as a team to strengthen the relationship between families and the practice and support strong parent/child attachment. A child development professional, known as a Healthy Steps Specialist, connects with and guides families during and between well-child visits as part of the primary care team. The Healthy Steps Specialist offers support for common and complex concerns that physicians often lack time to address, including feeding, behavior, sleep, attachment, parental depression, social determinants of health, and adapting to life with a baby or young child. Healthy Steps Specialists are trained to provide families with parenting guidance, support between visits, referrals, and care coordination, all specific to their needs.

Population Served:

Babies and toddlers 0-3 years

Eligibility Criteria and Location of Services:

Babies and toddlers 0-3 years and must be 2 months of age or younger at time of enrollment. Services are offered at Borinquen Health Center and West Dade Pediatrics/Dr. Julio Egusquiza

Contact Information:

Dr. Elaine Celaya, Program Supervisor
305-274-3172 or ecelaya@icfhinc.org.

Funded by The Children’s Trust

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Parent and Child Enrichment (PACE) Program

Year Program Began: 2004

Description of Program:

Parent and Child Enrichment Program (PACE), funded by The Children’s Trust, provides parenting skills classes and parent-child interaction groups for all parents of children ages 0-6 and teenage parents of Miami Dade County. PACE’s goal is to help parents interact with their children in a positive manner, as well as to enhance their parenting skills. In addition, PACE’s developmental specialists help parents understand their children’s developmental cues and needs in order to encourage their optimal development. Parenting skills classes follow The Incredible Years Curriculum (Webster-Stratton). The classes aim to provide parents the skills and tools needed to nurture their children emotionally, cognitively and socially.

Population Served/Eligibility Criteria:

Parents/primary caregivers of children ages 0-6 and teenage parents.

Location:

Parenting skills classes and interaction groups are provided at ICFH’s offices and in various Miami-Dade County Public Schools, childcare centers, private schools and other community organizations throughout Miami-Dade County.

Contact Information:

Monica Agostino, Ph.D., PACE Supervisor at magostino@icfhinc.org or Esther Gonzalez, PACE Data Entry Specialist at egonzalez@icfhinc.org.

father and son playing at a park

Funded by The Children’s Trust

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father and son playing at a park

Parent and Child Enrichment (PACE) Program

Year Program Began: 2004

Description of Program:

Parent and Child Enrichment Program (PACE), funded by The Children’s Trust, provides parenting skills classes and parent-child interaction groups for all parents of children ages 0-6 and teenage parents of Miami Dade County. PACE’s goal is to help parents interact with their children in a positive manner, as well as to enhance their parenting skills. In addition, PACE’s developmental specialists help parents understand their children’s developmental cues and needs in order to encourage their optimal development. Parenting skills classes follow The Incredible Years Curriculum (Webster-Stratton). The classes aim to provide parents the skills and tools needed to nurture their children emotionally, cognitively and socially.

Population Served/Eligibility Criteria:

Parents/primary caregivers of children ages 0-6 and teenage parents.

Location:

Parenting skills classes and interaction groups are provided at ICFH’s offices and in various Miami-Dade County Public Schools, childcare centers, private schools and other community organizations throughout Miami-Dade County.

Contact Information:

Monica Agostino, Ph.D., PACE Supervisor at magostino@icfhinc.org or Esther Gonzalez, PACE Data Entry Specialist at egonzalez@icfhinc.org.

Funded by The Children’s Trust

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