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HANDS Program

​​​​The Kentucky Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program is a voluntary home visitation program for any new or expectant parents. HANDS supports families as they build healthy, safe environments for the optimal growth and development of children.

What is the HANDS Program?

HANDS supports you throughout your pregnancy and the first two years of your baby’s life. From pregnancy to the terrific twos, HANDS is here to answer all your questions during the different stages of baby’s growth. Families meet with a HANDS parent visitor who can answer your questions and address your concerns about pregnancy or baby’s first years. All families receive information and learn about resources available in the community for new parents. Some families receive further support through home visitation. That’s right. Information is brought right to the home.

Who Can Participate?

Any parent expecting a new baby and residing in Kentucky is eligible. Families must be enrolled during pregnancy or before a child is 90 days old.

When do HAND Services Begin?

Services can begin during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old. If interested, contact your local health department.

Why Participate in HANDS?
  • Parents are the most important people in a baby’s life.
  • Parents are the first and most important teachers a child will ever have.
  • Parenting is a very demanding job and all parents have worries, questions and stress.

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