Family Child Health Services

Department Overview


Services and activities in this program are intended to strengthen and preserve the health of individuals and families in Rice County. The focus is on support, prevention, and education to promote and maintain a high level of wellness.

View a Resource List (PDF) for families with young children.
View a list of local prenatal and newborn support groups (PDF).

Parent / Child Health


Parents and children can benefit from the following services available through Rice County Public Health:
  • Baby Stop, Baby Talk, and Time for Baby (parent/newborn classes)
  • Car seat safety information
  • Family Planning Special Project
  • Home visits to families with newborns
  • Home Visitor Program
  • In-home prenatal visits by a Public Health Nurse
  • Infant Follow-Along Program
  • Information on parenting, child development, health concerns, and nutrition
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Prepared childbirth classes for adolescents and their partners
  • Postpartum support

National Kids County Data Book


The National KIDS COUNT® Data Book released June 2016 by the Annie E Casey Foundation and publicized locally by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, ranks Minnesota number one in overall child well-being. However, there is more work to be done to narrow opportunity gaps and eliminate disparities among children of color, American Indian children, and children from low-income families. View the 2016 Minnesota Data Fact Sheet (PDF).

Family Home Health Aide Program


This program provides one-to-one support for parents who can benefit from special help with parenting skills through home visits from a Family Home Health Aide. Family Home Health Aides help to strengthen the family unit by working closely with family members on areas such as behavior management, building self-esteem, homemaking skills, and parent-child activities. Please call the Public Health Family Child Health Supervisor at 507-332-5916 for more information or to make a referral.