Funded Programs

 KIDS Program- UDMO

The KIDS Program is available to all families in Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Osceola counties who have children prenatal to age 5, without regard to income guidelines.  KIDS supports and assists parents in their most important role as parents during this crucial stage of their child’s development.

KIDS offers home visits by trained staff who actively partner with parents to develop goals and services to respond to the parents’ questions and concerns.  KIDS staff offer periodic screenings for each child using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to ascertain developmental information, then offer practical ways to encourage learning, manage behavior, develop routines, and build strong parent-child relationships.

KIDS Family Support Workers are knowledgeable regarding community resources and often refer families to other programs and agencies as needed.

For more information please contact Jessie Hansen, KIDS Coordinator/Supervisor at 712-363-8466; 407 E 3rd St. Spencer, IA 51301

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Best Care for Better Babies

Best Care for Better Babies serves pregnant women and their families with children prenatal to 6 months of age. The program is delivered by health care professionals in Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Osceola counties. Home visits provide one-on-one time with parents and help increase parents’ knowledge of their children’s health and development.

The Best Care for Better Babies nurses are specially trained in the areas of prenatal and postpartum care, physical and developmental milestones for babies and toddlers, breastfeeding support and nutritional guidance, and resource networking. Developmental screenings assess overall health, development, language, hearing, and vision with the goal of preventing difficulties later in life. Best Care for Better Babies staff are familiar with area resources and help coordinate efforts to locate appropriate services for each family’s unique needs.

Services are voluntary, confidential, and free.

For more information, please contact the Best Care for Better Babies directors.

Clay County- Director Colleen Paulsen-712-264-6451;   
O’Brien County- Director Scott Schleis-712-324-6420;
Dickinson County- Director Brandon Rohrig-MS, RD,LD, CSCS;712-336-2682
Osceola County- Director Pam Juber-712-754-4611;                                   
To download the Best Care for Better Babies brochure, please click link below:

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Hand in Hand

The Hand in Hand program, under the umbrella of Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc., provides early childhood social, emotional, and mental health related training along with coaching to child development homes, child care centers, and voluntary preschools in Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Osceola counties. Hand In Hand offers comprehensive, systematic Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) training, followed by on-site consultation, mentoring, and coaching to child care providers and voluntary preschools. Other training and coaching are provided as requested by providers and approved by ECI: Lakes Region.

For more information please contact Director Shakira Meyers: 712-859-3885 

To download a copy of the Hand in Hand brochure please click link below: 



FREE dental screenings, fluoride treatments, oral health education and care coordination in preschool & Head Start settings by a dental hygienist.
Coordinator Cindy Partlow- 515-573-4107;

Child Care Nurse Consultant

FREE CCNC services offered to Child Care Providers to promote the health & safety of children in child care settings.
Nurse Tracey Heitritter-712-320-2125;