Healthy Beginnings

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Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby is a six-part series of classes provided for pregnant women or parents of infants. It is offered through LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Healthybeginningspregnantwomanpngoffices across Louisiana.

Targeted to participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, the Healthy Beginnings educational effort is designed to increase the potential for future success for low-income mothers and their infants. It aims to strengthen parents’ understanding and skills in areas that are important not only for their personal success but also the future success of their young children.

Skills stressed in the Healthy Beginnings program include improved decision-making skills, constructive coping skills and positive parenting skills. Participants learn about and develop those skills through a variety of educational sessions, such as:

  • Decision Making
  • Your Family Budget
  • Cash Crisis: Money Traps that Keep You Broke
  • Meeting Your Transportation and Child Care Needs
  • Coping
  • Making It on Your Own
  • Building Family Strengths
  • Parenting
  • Nurturing and Caring for Your Baby
  • Keeping Your Baby Safe
  • Understanding Your Baby’s Development
  • Preparing Your Baby for Success
  • Nutrition and Development

Goals of the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby project are for pregnant women and parents of young children to:

  • Gain knowledge and/or skills of effective parenting practices so they can create the most healthful and nurturing environments for their children.
  • Improve knowledge of effective money management to meet their family financial obligations.

*The Healthy Beginnings program is targeted to pregnant women and parents of children under the age of one applying for or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds.

Try these tips for Healthy Beginnings!


Take time to nurture your child.

tips2pngBuild a family budget.

tips3pngKeep your children safe and healthy.

tips4pngPlan nutritious meals for your family.

tips5pngAvoid money traps.

tips6pngSet goals and stick to a plan.

tips7pngUse positive guidance.


Learn about your child's development.

This project is partially funded by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
For more information, contact your nearest LSU AgCenter office.

The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. Louisiana State University is an equal opportunity/access university.

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