Parent(s) and Parents to Be

Becoming a Parent

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and rewarding life events that will ever happen to you. But it can also be a period of time of many “unknowns” and feeling like your the only one going through it. We hope that our website can provide you a sense of calm and “I have resources” I can use to get through those long nights and most importantly – those unknowns.

hope that the following information can provide you some important information as you become a parent for the first time, or maybe you’re a second time parent but need some guidance on how to do it all over again.

As a place for resources and information, the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade knows the importance and value in providing resources to you is. As a result, The Family Resource guide (pictured to the right), is a gateway to a vast variety of resources available in Miami-Dade County to meet your needs. You may download this for free and/or print it out and use it as needed. We hope that you find great value in this wonderful resource guide.

Healthy Start – Services

If your currently pregnant, one of the first steps to ensuring your baby gets a Healthy Start in life is to see your OB/GYN and get a screen completed for Healthy Start! The screening form is pictured below and we encourage you to fill out the questions, discuss with your OB/GYN and if interested, consent to the screen/program so someone from Healthy Start can be in contact with you. All services are FREE of charge and help encourage and promote a good positive pregnancy. Ask your OB/GYN for this important form at your first or next visit! Click on the link to the right to enlarge.

Once you deliver, you’ll be asked a to answer a few questions which help complete the following documents:

  • Social Security Card.
  • Birth Certificate and
  • Healthy Start Infant Screening.

Although you will not see the form below as is, the questions you answer will help fill in important questions that will help determine the services that can best be offered to you. You should note that in order to participate in our program you must ensure you Consent to the screen and also sign the screen which will allow for it to be processed. Your information is held strictly confidential and someone from our team will be happy to be in contact with you as soon as they receive your information. Click on the picture to the right to enlarge.

For more information, check out our Frequently Asked Questions section located on top or click below, to be quickly directed. This section here will help answer your questions and provide additional information on all our other programs which we offer. You may also continue to go through the website or contact us at 305-541-0210 and someone from the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade will be happy to assist you.


Please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website by click below, to get more information on additional resources and information that will help you be prepared.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is the leading cause of death in many counties in the State of Florida and these deaths are 100% preventable. Please do not let your child become part of this devastating statistic.

Did you know?:

  • A child is 100 times more likely to drown in a pool than be killed by a gun;
  • 90% of the drowning occurs when the child walks out the door without anyone noticing;
  • The majority of children who drowned walked out of their home through the sliding glass door;
  • 1-3-year-olds are the most likely to drown.

To learn more about what you can do, please click below.

Car Seat Safety

One of the most important purchases a parent makes is a Car Seat which will keep their baby safe while transporting them from the hospital for the first time to the baby’s new home and day-to-day.

For more information, please click below to get all the necessary information and tips from picking the right car seat, to how to install in your car. Our Healthy Start program is proud to have Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to assist you with this important process, so if interested enroll for FREE to our program and if eligibility is determined and availability, Healthy Start will assist you.

Additional Information

  • Kids and vehicle safety information – click the link
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – click the link
  • Safe Kids – click the link

Perinatal Bereavement Resources

Support groups for families in Miami-Dade County are available for any family who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or newborn death. These services are absolutely free and confidential. Click here for local resources: Perinatal Bereavement Resources

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

You can make an impactful difference in Miami’s underserved children’s lives when you donate! Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade’s revenue is derived in part from donations like yours!

7205 NW 19th Street,
Suite 500,
Miami, FL 33126

Call Us: (305) 541-0210

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7205 NW 19th Street, Suite 500,
Miami, FL 33126
Monday to Friday — 8:30am to 5pm
(305) 541-0210