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Healthy Start Coalition Receives Support for Early Childhood Development and Nutrition through United Way Grant


Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) is honored to announce receipt of a $7,875 grant from United Way of Collier and the Keys, gratefully allowing their impact to be amplified in the community. These two non-profit organizations are aligned in focus of meeting the needs of families in this community. Specifically, the United Way’s investment will assist in providing client access to nutritional choices and for early childhood support through developmental play groups.


Over the years, the FKHSC has been the go-to agency to help pregnant women, parents and caregivers to make informed choices and to provide appropriate nutritious and healthy food for themselves, their infants, and their families. Baby formula and baby food is made available, as well as support for breastfeeding, to community families.


The community is welcome to participate free of charge in both Healthy Start Coalition developmental play groups: Tot Time and Wiggles & Giggles. These popular groups are held several times a month throughout the Keys. A full schedule of activities can be found at or on Facebook on the “Keys Healthy-Start” page.


The Healthy Start Coalition unites people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County. To request assistance with baby formula, car seats, diapers, children’s bike helmets, mental health services or to meet other needs for your family, fill out an assistance request at or call 305-293-8424.

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Healthy Start offers breastfeeding help

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition continues to engage with families face-to-face while still offering virtual services. This flexibility allows the coalition to service the many geographically dispersed clients in a more convenient way and provide more individualized support and assistance for families in need. Free resources, including swaddle sacks are offered locally.


SUPPORT SYSTEM: Florida Keys Healthy Start Takes Pressure Off Parents

Parenting is tough enough in the best of times. 

The past nine months have been among the worst of times for everyone, including pregnant women, new parents and Keys families in general, but help is available and just a phone call away.


Breastfeeding Support Available at No Cost

The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, wants to reassure new and soon-to-be moms and their families in the Florida Keys that there is free breastfeeding support, including in this time of crisis. 


Getting A Healthy Start In The Keys Can Mean Long Journeys

If you live in the Florida Keys, there are some real challenges to having a baby. If you want to go to a hospital, you have two options. One is at mile marker 5 in Key West. The other is to go all the way to on the mainland in Homestead. And if you’re a new patient with Medicaid, it gets even harder.