My name is Jen Lindbeck, I am the Welcome Baby Coordinator, a program of United Way of Skagit County. United Way has done extensive research and recognizes how critical the first 1000 days of a child’s life is for their overall development and well-being. Welcome Baby’s goal is to support, educate, and empower families of children birth through age five, and connect families to resources, so that all Skagit children have a solid foundation for life.
Wherever you are in your parenting journey – parenting is a big deal. There are highs and there are lows and there is everything in between. Who do you turn to with questions, when you just need a listening ear, or you need someone to laugh with?
My hope is that parents feel connected to the activities, resources, and events that are available in the community. In addition, I want parents to know they have an advocate and a cheerleader as they navigate the murky waters of parenting.
Welcome Baby is for you. Welcome Baby is for parents and caregivers of all shapes and sizes. Think of Welcome Baby as your friendly guide along the parenting journey.
What You Can Expect
Welcome Baby is a voluntary program for families in partnership with Skagit Valley Hospital. After the birth of your child, I will visit you in the hospital. I don’t have an agenda, other than to provide you with a gift to get you off to a great start when you go home. Ultimately, I want to get to know you and your baby and share information about resources.
Once you leave the hospital, you will become a part of the Welcome Baby Community and have access to a wealth of FREE resources including:
- Monthly newsletters packed full of information about milestones, parenting survival tips, and opportunities to meet other parents
- Parenting classes
- Parent mentoring
- Support groups
- Social connection through meetups and the Welcome Baby Facebook Group
- Resource connection
- Finally, you get me! You can call or text me at any time at 360.922.2644 for practical or emotional support, and information about resources.
I love children and feel passionate about providing parents with encouragement and support. I am not just chock full of good intentions, I also have experience as a parent of two children, and as a teacher in early childhood settings for over a decade both professionally and as a volunteer. In addition, I have a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Education and a host of training in trauma-informed care, peer-to-peer support, and childhood development.
I look forward to meeting you and building the Welcome Baby Community together.
Best wishes for a safe delivery!
The first year of a child’s life is full of…well…firsts! Check out these videos for information on developmental milestones.
Month 1 Milestones
Month 2 Milestones
Month 3 Milestones
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