Healthy Families

Programs & services for new families

NVFS Healthy Families (HF), a nationally accredited program through Healthy Families America, empowers parents with the tools, education, guidance, and support that families need to build a successful and healthy life. We provide tailored supports to help parents achieve their personal and family goals, and promote healthy child development, positive parenting, and overall well-being.

We serve families in the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Falls Church, and the Greater Prince William area. Expectant families and families with children younger than 3 months old, regardless of income, are encouraged to apply.

Healthy Families Application

Eligibility ▼

Parental Status: One must be an expectant parent or an individual(s) with a child younger than 3 months old.

Income: We support everyone, regardless of income, in building healthier families

Be Parents & Expectant Parents Who Want to:

  • Have someone to ask parenting questions.
  • Learn positive parenting and discipline techniques.
  • Discover fun ways to support your child’s health and development.
  • Meet other parents and give socialization opportunities to your child at free playgroup events.
  • Get info on community resources that can help you meet your personal and family goals and needs whether it’s school, work, housing, childcare, health and well-being, or life skills.

Application Process ▼

A parent/expectant parent or referrer fills out the application. Families who are determined to be eligible based on their application, including residence location and parental status, will receive a call to schedule an initial visit.  During the initial visit, a Family Resource Specialist will discuss your family’s strengths, goals, and needs. They will provide some initial resources tailored to your needs. If you are determined eligible for the program you will be assigned your permanent Family Support Specialist.

Participation is completely voluntary and a family can opt out at any time.

What to Expect in the HF Program ▼

Once enrolled an NVFS Family Support Specialist will visit you in your home on a regular basis, tailoring your experience, to support your unique family to meet your goals, develop positive relationships with your children, screen children to ensure they are meeting developmental milestones, and build upon your family’s strengths.

Services are provided from pregnancy until the child reaches 3 or 4, based on jurisdiction.

Are you interested in working with us to develop your healthy family? Apply today!

If you live outside of our service area check out HF America to find programs and helpful opportunities in your area.

Our Stories

of Early Head Start and Head Start kids have access to health and dental care

school readiness
of Head Start students demonstrate readiness for kindergarten.

of families enrolled in Healthy Families have an optimal home environment to support child development, or show improvement, after one year of participating