Young Family

Children and Young Families

Horizon Public Health promotes healthy families and safe, nurturing environments for children. Child and Family Health Services support young families as they learn about:

  • Healthy Pregnancies
  • Positive Parenting
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Infant and Child Growth and Development
  • Childhood Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Family and Community Resources

Public Health Nurses and Registered Dietitians provide services at the Public Health office, by phone, at community sites, or on home visits with families.

Family Home Visiting

Public Health Nurses visit families at home or in the public health office to assist parents as they create a healthy, nurturing environment for their children. Visits are offered at no cost to the families, are voluntary and are tailored to the individual family’s interests and needs.

Nurses engage mothers and fathers in a variety of discussions about pregnancy health, breastfeeding, infant cares, parenting, family planning, nutrition, child health, growth, development and safety. Public Health Nurses also support families in reaching their goals and help them connect with supportive resources in the community.

For more information or to arrange a home visit, call 1-800-450-4177

Parents Know Website:

Minnesota Department of Health:
Children with Special Needs:


The WIC Program is a Nutrition and Breastfeeding program that helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. The WIC Program also provides individualized nutrition education and counseling, vouchers to purchase nutritious foods from local vendors, and referrals to health and other social services.

  • Women- Pregnant, Breastfeeding and Postpartum mothers for 6 months
  • Infants - up to one year of age
  • Children- age one to five

Do you qualify or know someone who would qualify for free supplemental foods, nutrition education and parenting ideas? Then WIC is the place for you. Save on food costs, receive prenatal and breastfeeding support and referrals to other services available in our counties. Many working families are eligible for this service.

As always, WIC applicants may qualify by bringing proof of income when income is at or below these amounts (effective from May 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016):

Household SizeYearly Income
each additional member add+7,696

Families may also qualify by bringing proof that a family member is enrolled in one or more of the following programs:

  • Medical Assistance (MA)
  • Minnesota Care
  • MFIP
  • Food Stamps
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Headstart
  • Free/Reduced Price School Lunch
  • SSI - participant only

Families with incomes higher than the incomes listed above will still qualify for WIC if a family member is enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Applicants on TEFRA will still qualify for WIC.

Complete a Minnesota Health Care Programs application today to establish your eligibility!

What Consists of Proof of Income?

  • Monetary compensation for services, such as wages, salary, commissions or fees.
  • Net income from farm or self employment (as part of total income on the most recent tax return)
  • Social security benefits
  • Dividends or interest on savings or bonds, income from estates, or net rental income
  • Public assistance or welfare payments, unemployment compensation
  • Government civilian employee or military retirement or pension or veteran’s payments
  • Private pensions or annuities
  • Alimony or child support payments
  • Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
  • Net royalties
  • Other cash income: cash amounts rec’d or withdrawn from any source, including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources that are readily available to the family.

Remember, you MUST bring proof of eligibility to each WIC appointment. This includes proof of income, residency, and identity.

What Occurs During Your Appointment?

  • Monitor height, weight and hemoglobin
  • Assess general health status
  • Discuss you and your child's nutritional needs

We need to remind you that WIC doesn't meet all the nutritional needs - it is a supplemental program. The food package is provided to each participant, tailoring it to meet to nutritional needs of each participant on the program.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please call the WIC office at (320)763-7805 prior to your appointment and we would be happy to help you.

You may also find additional ingformation at this website:


PDFClasses brochure

Well Child Clinics


Child Passenger Safety

Car Seat Checks and Education
Find out if your car seat is right… Child Passenger Safety Specialists can answer questions regarding child safety seats and check your car seats. At a check, seats are evaluated for: defects, recall listings, suitability for the age of the child, and fit with the safety belt system in the vehicle. This service is available at no charge.

Car Seat Distribution
Car seats at no cost for persons with PrimeWest Health coverage, with additional car seats available for others who qualify

  • Are you expecting a baby?
  • Is your infant growing out of the infant carrier seat?
  • Is your toddler growing out of the convertible seat?
  • Does your 4-8 year old need a booster?

The Right Seat…The Right Size….The Right Use
For more information: Contact Public Health to schedule your car seat check, education and for an appointment time to receive a child safety seat and instructions on proper use and installation.

Offices at:

MN Office of Traffic Safety:

Follow Along Program (FAP)

Learning About Your Child's Development
The Follow Along Program (FAP) is a good way to learn if your child is talking, moving, playing and acting like other children at the same age and to Dragon Fly get some ideas for activities you can do with your child. The Follow Along Program:

  • Is for ALL parents of children, birth to age 3, living in the five Horizon Counties-Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse
  • Is available to all families at no cost
  • Provides age related questionnaires about your child’s communication, motor, self-help and social-emotional development
  • Provides results of the questionnaires along with fun activities at your child’s age level
  • Provides a response to your concerns
  • Provides referrals to other supports and resources, as needed.

For questions or to enroll your child, call Jane at 320-208-6692 or Kim at 320-763-7805 or e-mail to

Minnesota Department of Health- Infant Follow Along:

Help Me Grow: Is Your Child On Track?

Help Me Grow helps you know. (And helps you know what to do next.)

Parents Know:

Minnesota Department of Health: Children with Special Needs


NFP - Supporting Hands Nurse Family Partnership

A voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program, Nurse-Family Partnership gives first-time moms valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. Partnering first-time moms with caring nurse home visitors empowers these mothers to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves.

For more information, please visit the Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership website at:
Supporting Hands Nurse-Family Partnership