Healthy Schenectady Families


Raising a happy, healthy child is no easy task. Just ask any parent!

Healthy Schenectady Families (HSF) is a free and voluntary home visiting program for pregnant families and families with newborn infants living in the County of Schenectady. The benefits of Healthy Families™ programs nationwide are proven, significant, and impact a wide range of child and family outcomes.

HSF promotes a healthy, safe, and supportive community comprised of strong families and individuals working together to provide a foundation for healthy development that will last a lifetime. Highly trained Family Support Specialists provide information and activities to enhance parent-child interactions, family self-sufficiency and promote the positive health, growth, and development of the entire family.

  1. All parents want to raise a happy, healthy child.
  2. Healthy brain and emotional development lead to a resilient secure child.
  3. It takes a village to raise a child—community and family support is key.
  4. The skills it takes to raise healthy, successful children can be learned.
  5. A resilient, secure child will succeed in school, be able to resist high-risk behaviors and will contribute to a healthy society.

Healthy Schenectady Families is the local Healthy Families New York (HFNY) program that provides evidence-based home visitation services to families in Schenectady County.

It is nationally accredited by Healthy Families America (HFA).

HSF is managed by Schenectady County Public Health Services with staff members provided through a contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension Services. We have provided educational home visits to families with young children in Schenectady County since 1998.

To refer someone or to refer yourself, please call 518-386-2824 ext. 3.

To learn more about Healthy Families, you can watch the short video, "Why HFNY is a Good Call: A Video for Referral Sources, Expecting and New Families," that features local participants and staff. 

If you would like additional information or to join Healthy Schenectady Families, please contact Jessica Tanguay at



Healthy Schenectady Families program participants and staff were featured in the video, "Why HFNY is a Good Call: A Video for Referral Sources, Expecting and New Families."  This short video explains Healthy Families. 

Last updated October 14, 2021