The Foundation for Delaware County provides a variety of services to support the physical and mental health and well-being of Delaware County residents. Here, you will be connected to more detailed information about how these programs help and what they accomplish for our families as well as how to apply to receive the assistance you and your loved ones deserve.
For more than 45 years WIC has provided valuable nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to thousands of women, families, and young children up to age 5. To apply for WIC, complete our online pre-application form or contact the Delaware County WIC Appointment Call Center.
The foundation’s two home-visiting programs – Healthy Start and Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) – work in collaboration with our other programs to give your family the full complement of services and support to thoroughly prepare you for welcoming a new baby and parenting toddlers.
Depending on your eligibility, you can be enrolled in both programs which can also allow you to access other in-house supportive services like our lawyers who can help with applying for benefits and utility programs or support with landlord issues through the Medical-Legal Partnership, mental health counseling, parenting support groups, and help finding affordable housing and managing utilities.
Learn more about our home visiting programs by selecting the below. If you need help getting enrolled, contact Jan-Melise Dela Cruz.
Healthy Start care coordinators and case managers work with pregnant people to ensure full-term and healthy pregnancies, support breastfeeding and infant care, provide nutritional counseling, parenting and early childhood development education, and connect parents with in-house counseling and health education programs. Visits can take place in the home or where you feel comfortable, by phone or virtually. The visit scheduling depends on what works for you and your care coordinator or case manager.
Healthy Start education focuses on health, pregnancy, parenting, early childhood development, life skills and managing your finances. For more than 20 years, the Healthy Start program has worked to reduce the infant mortality rate and improved maternal and birth outcomes.
You will get your own personal nurse who will visit you in your home or somewhere else that you feel comfortable. Some visits will even take place over the phone or by virtual or video call and they usually last about an hour. The visit scheduling depends on what works for you and your nurse. The nurse will check-in to see if you have any health issues related to your pregnancy and your baby and provide you with lots of information that you can trust. You will work on goals that are important to you and your family and choose the topics that you want to learn and talk about. Your nurse will also ensure that you are connected to benefits and services to best support you and your family.
When you are enrolled in both programs, Healthy Start case managers and Nurse-Family Partnership nurses work as a team to make sure that you are prepared to have your baby and have the information and support that you need as your baby grows into a toddler. Your nurse will focus on your health and parenting and your case manager will focus on making sure that you are connected to services and benefits that you are eligible for.
The foundation offers additional supportive services aimed to serve the residents of the Delaware County community, including a Health Resource Center in Chester Upland High School, resources to support permanent, safe and healthy housing, civil legal support for program participants, an in-home treatment program to treat Major Depressive Disorder, a safe-sleep education program and much more. View our program overview information, visit our community programs and Public Health Programs & Initiatives page to learn more, and contact our staff for help.