Enloe Medical Center opens children’s resource center
CHICO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008 – Clean Start, Healthy Beginnings and a collaboration of local community agencies have developed the Enloe Children’s Health & Resource Center, a place for families to learn more about meeting the needs of their children. The new resource center is located in the Enloe Children’s Health Center at 277 Cohasset Road in Chico, and is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Enloe Children’s Health & Resource Center, which opened this month, offers free classes and discussion groups for parents. It also provides Internet-accessible computers and staff to help parents locate online resources, and is stocked with books and other educational materials. Initial classes include:
- Parenting Topics and Positive Communication
- Bike Helmet Safety and Fitting
- Babies Love Books
- Challenging Behaviors
- Dental Health
- Freedom From Smoking (smoking cessation for parents)
- Internet Safety: How to Keep your Kids Safe
- Safety for Infants
The classes promote children’s optimal growth and development. They are geared toward parents with children from newborn to age 5, however all parents are welcome, and information will be tailored to those who attend. Classes are taught in English, and discussion groups to begin in March will be offered in English, Spanish and Hmong. The center also has a designated area for small children to play while their parents attend classes. A class calendar is available online at www.enloe.org/classes.
Among the community groups collaborating with Enloe on the classes are: American Lung Association, Butte County Public Health Department, Butte County Public Library, Child Abuse Prevention Council of Butte County, OPT for Fit Kids and Parent Education Network.
For more information about the Enloe Children’s Health & Resource Center, call 332.3841.
About Clean Start Healthy Beginnings (CSHB): This program provides services to families with children from newborn to age 5 and pregnant women, supporting them through any special needs, including addictions. CSHB is based out of the Enloe Children’s Health Center. CSHB is a joint venture between Enloe Medical Center and Butte County Children and Families Commission, which provides grants funded by tobacco-tax dollars from Proposition 10.“Our goal is to help parents discover their own strength and ability to nurture their families,” says CSHB’s Tracy Guerra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who connects clients with social services. She works with Dolores Marcotte, RN, who provides medical education and resources. “We strive to offer services in a nonjudgmental way. We acknowledge that parents are trying to do their best, but may need additional resources at times.” 332.3841
About the Enloe Children’s Health Center: A health clinic for newborns, children and adolescents through 18 years old, provided in partnership with Chico pediatricians. Info: 332.6000 or www.enloe.org/chc
Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at http://www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.