Support CHIP

About Home Visiting

CHIP delivers services through visits with families in their homes.  Through home visits, CHIP works with the parent and child in their own environment, eliminating the need to find transportation or child care to participate.  CHIP helps families adapt the environment to maximize their child’s healthy development.  Home visits allow the entire family to participate, being on the same page on how to take care of its youngest members.


Everything CHIP does goes back to our mission:  partnering with families to create a nurturing home environment and to promote the health and well-being of children in our community. Once enrolled, CHIP families are partnered with a team of a CHIP Nurse and Family Support Worker.  CHIP services encompass three main areas:

Health and Wellness

CHIP RNs work with the family on:

  • Finding a doctor and acquiring health insurance and health care
  • Immunizing their child on schedule
  • Management of chronic or acute illness
  • Navigating the health care system and advocating for the best care
  • Newborn care and assessment
  • Health Assessments for each child under age 7 in the family
  • Developmental screenings and referral for further services if needed
  • Prenatal and Postpartum care
  • Family Planning/Birth Control
  • Smoking Cessation
  • How to care for a sick child
  • Intimate Partner Violence screening, safety planning and referrals
  • Depression screening and coordination of treatment
  • Prevention through wellness education
    • Nutrition for babies and children
    • Dental
    • Prenatal care
    • Well Visits
    • Asthma
    • Safety with medications


Child Development and Parenting

CHIP Family Support Workers are trained in the Parents as Teachers curriculum and partner with the family on:

  • Parent-Child Interaction – FSWs bring developmentally appropriate activities for the parent and child to do together.  These activities promote social emotional, motor, language and intellectual development.  These activities are simple and made of items a family would find around their home.  During this play time FSWs point out developmental progress and help parents focus in on how their child learns on a daily basis.
  • Developmental Centered Parenting – All areas of child development are interconnected.  FSWs discuss the topics of attachment, safety, sleep, nutrition, discipline, transitions and routines with families based on the child’s age.   FSWs help parents understand how their child’s behaviors relate to their development and problem solve as challenges arise.


Family Self-Sufficiency:  Multiple life challenges can create barriers to health and wellness for families.   CHIP staff work with the family to reduce these stressors through referrals and critical problem solving:

  • Basic needs: food, clothing, housing
  • Financial Literacy/Budgeting
  • Employment/Education
  • Preschool enrollment/Child care
  • Enrollments in social service benefits (TANF, SNAP, WIC, VIEW)
  • Transportation resources
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Substance Abuse treatment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Language Barriers
  • Legal issues