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First-Time Moms from Camden City Graduate from Two-Year Parenting Program

Nurse Family Partnership of Camden held graduation ceremonies March 1, 2013 for 12 first-time moms who successfully completed a demanding curriculum on child development, parenting and other life skills.

Proud family members filled the Riletta L. Cream Library and cheered each graduate as they stepped up to receive a diploma and encouraging words from their NFP nurse. Moms had an opportunity to reflect on their journey and celebrate an important milestone.

The relationship between NFP nurse and young mother is core to the program’s effectiveness. NFP connects vulnerable parents to caring maternal and child health nurses who provide the support, knowledge and skills young moms need to have a healthy pregnancy, become responsible parents and provide their babies with the best possible start in life.

The ceremony also included readings by local poet, Niger Ali, who spoke of the joys and struggles of parenthood. He also urged graduates to remember what they learned through NFP and to continue to grow with their children.

The children in attendance were treated to storytelling, face painting and each received and NFP book bag filled with coloring books and reading materials.

Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based home visitation model with programs across the country. Services extend from the prenatal period where NFP Nurses help expectant women prepare for motherhood and continue through the first two years of the child’s life. Education includes nutrition, child development, parenting skills, baby proofing and safety.

Click here to view pictures from the graduation.

Click here to learn more about Nurse Family Partnership.