Knox County Health Department Car Seat Program
If you need a car seat for your baby, the Knox County Health Department may be able to provide you with a free car seat. KCHD will even show you how to properly use it and install it in your car. Call (865) 215-5170 to see if you are eligible. You can visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/CPS for more information about child passenger safety.
Knox County Health Department Start Smart Program
This free program will give you the right tools to increase your baby’s brain power. You’ll even learn great tips for calming your baby and increasing your child’s vocabulary. Everyone who attends this one-hour presentation will receive a free gift. For class dates and times and to reserve your spot, call the Knox County Health Department at (865) 215-5170.
Birth to Kindergarten
Knox County Schools offers Birth to Kindergarten, a free home-based parent education and family support program that provides information, activities and encouragement to families until their child enters Kindergarten. Call (865) 594-1159 for more information.
Catholic Charities Pregnancy & Adoption Services
Catholic Charities of East Tennessee has three programs with various locations throughout East Tennessee: The Pregnancy Help Center, Adoption Services and Project Rachel. Visit those sites for more information or call (865) 524-9896.
Healthy Families of East Tennessee
A service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Inc., HFET serves first-time parents in Knox, Blount, Sevier, Loudon and Jefferson Counties. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call a Family Assessment worker at (865) 523-8695 or visit the Healthy Families of East Tennessee website.
If you are pregnant with your first baby, you can call the Nurse-Family Partnership. You can join any time during your pregnancy, up to the 28th week. For more information call (865) 524-7483 or visit www.nursefamilypartnership.org.
TENNderCARE is a full program of check-ups and health care services for children who have TennCare. These services make sure babies, children, teens and young adults receive the health care they need. Good health begins at birth, so it’s important to check in, check up and check back. For more information visit http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/tenndercare/index.shtml or call (865) 215-5173.