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Family Support Services

Healthy Beginnings

Healthy Beginnings is an enhanced community home visiting program for families with children from birth to 3 years offered in partnership through Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Eastern Shore Family Resource Association. The choice to be in this program is yours, and you can stop at anytime. Your home visitor will visit you in your home or somewhere else that is safe and comfortable.

Your home visitor can:

  • listen to you

  • encourage you

  • share information with you about pregnancy,
    parenting and early child development

  • help you understand your child's behaviour

  • help you find what you need in your community


You choose:

  • how often your home visitor will come

  • what topics to discuss

  • who to include in the visits



What children learn as infants and toddlers will affect how they will do in school and later in life. Learn how the everyday things we do with our children help them grow and develop. Find out what is available in your community for families. Build confidence in the choices you make as a parent. Your home visitor can help you find the answers that work for your family, as every family is unique!

For more information, please contact:

Tina Devine - Healthy Beginnings Community Home Visitor
Eastern Shore Family Resource Association
Tel: 902-827-1463

Cell: 902-476-6153



Public Health Services at  902-481-5800



Nova Scotia Health Authority and the following Family Resource

Centres in the Central Region of NS are partners in delivering

services for this program:


  • Eastern Shore Family Resource Association

  • North Grove Family Centre

  • Chebucto Family Centre

  • Bayer's Westwood Family Resource Centre

  • LEA Place Women's Centre

  • East Preston Family Resource Centre

All families need support in their parenting role. For some parents, that support comes from other family members or friends.... for others, more formal regular supports may be an option of choice during 'challenging times'.


Parenting Journey is a voluntary community based In- Home Family Support program for families with children ages 0-19 years.The purpose of this project is to promote the healthy growth and development of children and youth by building on each family members' strengths, knowledge, and resources and focusing on desired outcomes for the future.


Parenting Journey recognizes the important role that parents, family,& communities play in the lives of children & youth and addresses this through it's holistic approach to programming, linkages and referrals.




For more information please call ESFRA's Family Centre and ask for Shyneste Downey, Parenting Journey Home Visitor. All calls and inquiries are confidential.

Tel: 902-827-1462

Cell: 902-818-5130


Family Support Services
Healthy Beginnings
Parenting Journey

Parenting Journey involves:

  • An initial screening to determine eligibilty

  • A Family Assessment to determine areas of strength

  • Develop a Family Plan with the family to outline goals for the future

  • Regular home visitation

  • Collaboration and coordination with other service providers for support


The Home Visitor can provide information on:

  • child/youth growth and development

  • parent-child relationships

  • parenting knowledge and skills

  • family life management

  • community connections and referrals

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