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Best Start Program

Best Start is a voluntary in-home visiting program supported by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Health PEI. The program identifies and provides services to families who face challenges and can benefit from additional support. The program has two components. Public health nurses screen all newborns and their families across the Island within two weeks of their birth and, for those who are eligible, highly skilled Best Start workers are able to follow the child and the familiy for a three year period.

Families participating in the Best Start Program may be experiencing a variety of social, health, economic and educational challenges. Parent receive help in areas such as, physical care of the child, nutrition, infant stimulation, breastfeeding, child development and parent-child activities. 

The Best Start program is administered by CHANCES Family Centre in partnership with Public Health Nursing and available through Family Resource Centres across Prince Edward Island.

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