The Family Spirit Program is a culturally tailored home-visiting intervention delivered by Native American paraprofessionals as a core strategy to support young Native parents from pregnancy to 3 years post-partum. Parents gain knowledge and skills to achieve optimum development for their preschool age children across the domains of physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language learning, and self-help. The Family Spirit Program consists of 63 lessons to be taught from pregnancy up to the child’s 3rd birthday. This in-home parent training and support program has been designed, implemented, and rigorously evaluated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache Tribes since 1995.

The Family Spirit Program aims to:

  • Increase parenting knowledge and skills;
  • Address maternal psychosocial risks that could interfere with positive child-rearing (drug and alcohol use; depression; low education and employment; domestic violence problems);
  • Promote optimal physical, cognitive, social/emotional development for children from 0 to 3;
  • Prepare children for early school success;
  • Ensure children get recommended well-child visits and health care;
  • Link families to community services to address specific needs; and
  • Promote parents’ and children’s life skills and behavioral outcomes across the lifespan.

Eligibility Criteria:
The Family Spirit Program Curriculum is designed to serve mothers prenatally through to a child’s 3rd birthday. Programs that are working with participants in this age range are eligible to be trained on Family Spirit.  Each program will have unique eligibility requirements for implementing the program.

How To Sign Up

  1. Select your county below to find the Family Spirit representative in your area.
  2. Email or call the representative and let him or her know you're interested. He or she will help you determine if you're eligible and give you more information about registering.

Select Your County

Gila County

Crystal Kee, Senior Trainer and Replication Coordinator

Phone: 928-674-5051 x 7335

Bernalillo County

Nicole Neault, Evaluation Coordinator

Phone: 505-797-3305

Kristen Speakman, Dissemination Coordinator

Phone: 505-797-3305