Dakota Healthy Families


Dakota Healthy Families is a home visiting program that enhances parenting skills of first-time parents who live in Dakota County. Home visitors help create a family environment where children are safe, healthy and nurtured with a goal to ensure that children are prepared for kindergarten.

Dakota Healthy Families Program creates a place for new parents to talk about the complexities of being a parent. We use an early intervention and prevention-focused approach to:

  • Teach parents how to provide early learning
  • Help build social and emotional intelligence in their children
  • Keep the child current on immunizations
  • Help prepare for a successful preschool screening.

Home Visitors encourage active participation and engage with families by visiting weekly for the first year and biweekly thereafter.

The First Four Years of a Child’s Life are Important for Development and Learning

Dakota Healthy Families understands all parents want the best for their children and all families have strengths to build upon. We support and enhance parenting skills by:

  • Using a nationally recognized strength-based, interactive child development curriculum called Growing Great Kids
  • Teaching activities and making toys that can be used daily to develop learning
  • Listening to and supporting families
  • Helping families deal with life stressors such as car repairs, rent, and food needs
  • Working closely with community partners 


Am I eligible?

Dakota Healthy Families is a voluntary program that offers home visits to new and expectant parents in Dakota county. Participation is NOT based on income.

How do I apply:

To be considered, please call 651-554-6182.


  • Scott County residents, please call 952-496-8338 for more information.
  • Carver County residents, please call 952-361-1329 for more information.
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