Bringing Up Baby

Having a baby is an exciting time. It can also be overwhelming, especially if a mother or another family member is experiencing other life challenges. Nest Programs are here to help.

Nest Programs offer:

  • Educational classes related to pregnancy, infant care, and parenting
  • Clothing, supplies and equipment to assist mothers¬†with their babies.¬† Items such as diapers, bottles, bedding, strollers, car seats, and more are available through participation in approved activities and educational programs.
  • Assistance in locating and providing referrals to additional community services
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Healthy First Steps

Nest Programs are incentive-based programs. As participants demonstrate healthy behaviors, they earn points to redeem for baby supplies and equipment. Examples of healthy behaviors include attending classes, prenatal office visits, child immunizations, well-baby visits, and home visits.

Attendance at a minimum of three programs offered through Nest Programs is required before points can be redeemed.

Referrals and Health Programs

Referrals or participant incentive points are available to redeem via a variety of Story and Boone County agencies and health programs, including, but not limited to:

  • Ames Public Library
  • Early Head Start
  • Primary Health Care
  • ISU Extension Family Nutrition Program
  • Lutheran Services of Iowa (LSI)
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC)
  • McFarland Clinic
  • Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)
  • People Place
  • WIC
Enroll Today

To enroll in Nest Programs, participants must have proof of Story or Boone County residency, proof of income, and meet income guidelines (185% of Federal Poverty Level or below in Story county and 200% of Federal Poverty Level or below in Boone county). Must be pregnant or have a child six months of age or younger to enroll. Participants may remain in the program until their child reaches 2 years old or until the program funds are exhausted.

For additional information or to schedule a time to enroll, contact:

Erin Hall, Nest Programs Lead

Reach out today!

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.