Thirty-three two-year-old tots and their families graduated from the NEFL Nurse-Family Partnership program on September 15 – the biggest graduating class in the history of the program.
First-time, high-risk moms enter the program when pregnant and the family graduates together when the baby has reached their second birthday. Adorable toddlers from the 2018 graduating class dressed in caps and gowns brought in the largest audience in attendance.
NEFL Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, home-visiting program where specially-trained nurses on the team from Florida Department of Health Duval and UF Health Jacksonville provide services in Duval, Baker and Clay counties. NEFL NFP is funded by the Florida Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Throughout the course of two years in the program, several children, moms and dads reached major milestones. Awards were given out for:
- Perfect attendance – Parents and kids never missed a home visit
- Breastfeeding champions – Moms breastfeed their babies for six months or more
- Most involved dads – Dads participated in the home visits and program activities for their child’s development
As well, several moms in this class earned high school diplomas and bachelor’s degrees, with one mom earning the valedictorian title of her graduating high school class.
Denise Brown, NEFL NFP ambassador and graduate of the program, invited graduating parents into the alumni group to support moms continuing in this journey of friendship, connection and involvement in the success of their kids’ futures.
Fatherhood engagement consultant for NEFL NFP, Devin Coleman, encouraged dads to remain involved in their children’s lives and also discussed connecting with one another.
Crystal Ivory discussed her experience in the Year Up program that helps young adults, ages 18-24, with professional coaching, skills development and internship and career opportunities.
With awareness of the resources available, we are confident that the moms and their babies from the class of 2018 will continue to flourish.
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