Casper-Natrona County Health Department
475 S. Spruce St., Casper, WY 82601
Provides support for pregnant women and children including:
- Nurse-Family Partnership: This evidence-based program pairs women with specially trained nurses early in their pregnancies. It is designed to help mothers have healthy pregnancies, teach them about growth and development and educate them about the dangers of smoking, drinking and drug use in order to have better outcomes. It primarily serves first-time, low-income mothers; however the health department offers it to mothers in need, regardless of income.
- Best Beginnings: This is the first program that most pregnant women encounter and is available to any pregnant woman. Its biggest benefit is that women can apply for and receive their acceptance letter for Title 19 (Medicaid) benefits. Referrals to appropriate community resources are also made.
- The Welcome Home Program: Serving women who have just given birth regardless of income, this program sends nurses to women's homes to offer breast-feeding support, weigh babies and provide information and education. The health department also receives referrals from Wyoming Medical Center for women experiencing pre-term births or whose child was sent to an out-of-state neonatal unit.
Child Development Center
2020 E. 12th St., Casper, WY 82601
Exists to provide free premier, family-focused, developmentally appropriate services for children ages 0 to 5, including:
- Developmental screening: Screenings are fast and free and help you know if your child is meeting age-appropriate developmental milestones in hearing and vision, thinking and reasoning, communication and physical movement skills.
- Early intervention services: Provides free physical, occupational, speech and language therapy services for children with developmental delays and disabilities.
- Pre-school: CDC offers a play-based special education environment appropriate for children with and without identified special needs.
- Family services: The center can coordinate a variety of family services.
Community Health Center of Central Wyoming
5000 Blackmore Road, Casper, WY 82609
- Prenatal Care Coordination: Prenatal information and referrals are provided free of charge by a caring professional for all women who request a pregnancy test and/or obstetrical care at the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming. The goal of the Prenatal Care Coordination program is to promote healthy pregnancies for all women. The Prenatal Care Coordinator helps pregnant women determine their specific, immediate needs and obtain assistance.
Early Head Start
1514 E. 12th St., Casper, WY 82601
Provides free comprehensive early childhood services for low income, at-risk pregnant women and children, programs include:
- Home visits: Pregnant women receive one home visit weekly or monthly and can attend socialization groups, which are offered twice a month. Three Early Head Start staff members work as home visitors and enroll pregnant women who are typically referred by Best Beginnings (see Casper-Natrona County Health Department).
- Early Head Start center: Provides wrap-around childcare and daily socialization experiences for children 6 weeks to 3 years old. Children in Early Head Start are qualified to go to Head Start, although some transition to a preschool program.
- Case management: These services help families see new possibilities, as well as set and meet personal goals. Staff and parents collaboratively develop individualized experiences and instruction.
Promotes healthy pregnancies by providing referral assistance to community resources. Contact Community Health Center of Central Wyoming or True Care.
301 W. B St., Casper, WY 82601
Serves families with children ages 3-5 who are at or below the poverty line. Programs include:
- Center-based services: Children come to Head Start four days a week in a preschool setting.
- Home based services: Children spend two days a week at Head Start and receive two home visits per month.
- Case management: As with Early Head Start, these services help families see new possibilities, as well as set and meet personal goals.
1746 S. Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601
Supports women facing unplanned pregnancy, focusing on women most at risk. Services include:
- Pregnancy counseling: Advocates and nurses consult with pregnant women and provide pregnancy testing, confirmation of pregnancy using ultrasound, selected STD testing and treatment, pregnancy options consultation and follow-up throughout pregnancy.
- Long-term services: The following are offered to patients of the center. Prenatal education as well as programs on adoption and parenting. The Resource Program connects patients to medical, financial and other community services to ensure a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program
740 Luker Lane, Evansville, WY 82636
Promotes good nutrition for women, infants and children in need. It includes:
- Supplemental food: WIC provides nutritious supplemental foods and nutrition counseling to low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. It is a federally-funded special supplemental nutrition program focusing on the link between good nutrition and good health.
- Other services: It also offers education, health screenings, breastfeeding support and referrals to health care.
Wyoming Department of Family Services
851 Werner Court, Suite 200, Casper, WY 82601
Supports qualifying families with a variety of services designed to protect children including child support enforcement, economic assistance, social services, child care, Equality Care/Medicaid, adoption, child and adult protective services, youth treatment, foster care, independent living and juvenile probation.
Wyoming Department of Health-Medicaid
A joint federal and state government program paying for medical care for qualifying low-income and medically needy individuals and families.
Wyoming Medical Center
1233 E. Second St., Casper, WY 82601
A 217-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital offering more than 75 specialties, 150 physicians, a Level II Trauma Center and the Birth Place. Services include:
- Baby delivery: Pregnant women are served beginning in their 34th week of pregnancy through delivery and discharge. WMC does not have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and babies in need of intensive care are often flown to Denver, Salt Lake City or Billings.
- Pregnancy education: Pregnant women are encouraged to take classes to become familiar with the labor and delivery process and know options available to them during labor and delivery. These classes provide information to prevent pre-term labor and recognize other complications.
- Lactation program: This provides follow-up phone calls and in-office visits as needed for breastfeeding support.
- Safe Kids of Central Wyoming & Safe Communities: Provides lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who have a safety and financial need. Host regular car seat checks for proper installation.