One of the biggest concerns in our community is early childhood health. Wayne County’s Infant Mortality Rate in 2012 was 9.9 for every 1000 births, with black children dying at three times the rate of white children.
The massive challenges of caring for an infant in poor, single-parent households are intensified even more when a mental illness is present. Maternal depression in resource-poor settings is linked directly to low-birth weight, higher rates of malnutrition, stunting, infectious illness, and reduced completion of recommended immunizations.
The Children’s Center is committed to ending these disparities. Because of your support, we are able to provide a wide range of services through our Early Childhood Behavioral Health program. This program works with expecting and new parents to help them raise healthy and happy babies. We provide services such as:
- Parent-Child Psychotherapy
- Emotional Support
- Developmental Guidance
- Referrals to Community Services
- Transportation to pre- and post-natal appointments
- Basic needs items such as diapers, formula, and food
Our Early Childhood Behavioral Health program serves 400 families each year and was designed to promote healthy growth, development, and parent-infant attachment. Thanks to your support we’re helping more and more families every year!