About Early KinCare
Many of the risks found with pregnancy and healthy births are preventable through proper management, education and access to specialized services. Early KinCare can help you identify and find the services and resources you need most.
Early KinCare was founded by the Kinskey Family Foundation (KFF) in 2013 to address the rate of learning disabilities and delays among children in Natrona County. The Early KinCare model is based on similar successful programs from across the country that look to identify at-risk mothers early and provide them with the tools and resources that promote healthy pregnancies and enhance prenatal brain development.
Brain development begins almost immediately after conception and proceeds rapidly. It is particularly susceptible to everything that is happening in a mother’s body. Research has found a myriad of prenatal risk factors that can be categorized as existing health conditions, such as: high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity; age, including teen pregnancy or first-time pregnancy after age 35; and lifestyle factors such as alcohol use and smoking.
Services provided free of charge by the Healthy Birth and Infant Brains Foundation.
The Early KinCare process includes an initial assessment once pregnancy is confirmed. The assessment looks comprehensively at the health, environmental and socioeconomic needs of the expectant mother, including any information about prior pregnancies. A resource coordinator will calculate the expectant mother’s body mass index (BMI), inquire about any history of learning disabilities; conduct an assessment of tobacco, alcohol, or drug use; screen for depression; and identify other basic needs or concerns she may have. At the conclusion of the initial assessment, the resource coordinator will assist with making appropriate resource connections for each area of concern.
During pregnancy, the resource coordinator will follow up to resolve needs identified in the initial assessment and inquire if the expectant mother needs more assistance. The intent of the resource coordinator is to ensure the expectant mother has the needed resources for a healthy pregnancy and birth outcome.
Once the child is born, the hospital will send birth information to the resource coordinator. This information includes gender, APGAR scores, weight, and gestational age. The resource coordinator will call the mother and schedule a post-delivery interview. The mother will be connected with new resources if needed.
Before the child turns six months old, the resource coordinator will contact the mother to encourage her to have her child developmentally screened at six months old.
- Food/nutrition education and resources
- Housing resources
- Safety/security resources
- Transportation resources
- Health insurance resources
- Prenatal care referral
- Primary care referral
- Mental health care referral
- Dental care referral
- Alcohol, tobacco, drug education/cessation resources
- Maternity support education and resources
- Home visitation
- Education (GED, job training) resources
- Pediatrician referral
- Child care resources
- Adoption planning resources