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.


Rice County Public Health Family Resource List for Families with Young Children


Local Prenatal & Newborn Support Groups of Interest


Parent/Child Health

Parents and children can benefit from the following services available through Rice County Public Health:

  • Home visits to families with newborns
  • In-home prenatal visits by a Public Health Nurse
  • Prepared childbirth classes for adolescents and their partners
  • Postpartum support
  • Baby Stop, Baby Talk, and Time for Baby (parent/newborn classes)
  • Information on parenting, child development, health concerns, and nutrition
  • Infant Follow-Along Program
  • Home Visitor Program
  • Family Planning Special Project
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Car seat safety information
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. Click here to view the 2016 Minnesota Data Fact Sheet.

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.


Services for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs

Public Health Nurses are available to assist families with health education needs, resource and referral.  Please call the Family Child Health Supervisor for more information:  (507) 332-5916
Looking for resources for children with special health needs? The CYSHN Navigator is a web-based resource directory tool that includes information on services and supports available across the state for children and youth with special health needs and their families. The tool was designed in partnership with families and includes information that can be helpful for families, human services professionals, primary care providers and care coordinators, mental health professionals, educators, and others who work with families. Click here to go to the site

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) helps safeguard the health of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, as well as infants and children younger than 5 years. We do this by offering one-on-one education about nutrition and feeding practices, supporting breastfeeding, referring to health and community resources and giving vouchers to buy healthy foods.
Many working families qualify for WIC benefits. Call or come in to the Public Health Department to see if you are eligible as our income guidelines are higher than many other programs. Rice County WIC: 507-332-5906. WIC services are offered in Faribault and Northfield. Click here for the Rice County WIC Calendar.

Further information about the WIC Program in Minnesota can also be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website at:


Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Outreach

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is a benefit for children and teens from newborn through the age of 20 years who are enrolled in Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. Read more


Family Planning Program

The Rice County Family Planning Program provides education and support regarding family planning, sexuality education and STD counseling. Education on all birth control methods is provided. Income eligible women (200 % of federal poverty guidelines) can receive birth control methods and doctor visits associated with contraceptive use. Call 507-332-6111 to schedule an appointment. All services are confidential.

Looking for more information about sexually transmitted infections? More information is available here.

Many low-income Minnesota men and women between the ages of 15 and 50 may also be eligible for family planning services through the Minnesota Family Planning Program. For more information about this program go to:



La Programa De Planificacion Familiar Del Condado De Rice provee educacion y apoyo sobre planificacion familiar, educacion de la sexualidad y el asesoramiento de las enfermedades por la transmision sexual. Educacion sobre todos los metodos de planificacion esta disponible. Mujeres son de un nivel de sueldo eligible (200% de las pautas de pobreza federales) puedan recibir metodos de planificacion familiar y visitas con un medico asociado con el uso de anticonceptivos. Llame a 507-332-6111 para hacer una cita. Todos los servicios son confidenciales.

Muchos hombres y mujeres de 15 a 50 de Minnesota y que son de bajos recursos tambien puedan ser eligibles por la programa de planificacion familiar por la Minnesota Family Planning Program. Por mas informacion sobre esta programa visita este sitio en el internet: