Helpful Community Services
If you are in the PA WIC program, you and your family will benefit from referrals to other PA services. While some services are listed below, this is not a complete list.
Education and Parenting
Provides help in finding reading and writing, GED, and ESL (English as Second Language) programs. www.nld.org
Head Start / Early Head Start Programs
Head Start provides high quality early learning and comprehensive family support services for low-income children (ages 0 through 5) and their families. www.paheadstart.org (Once on the site, select your county)
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
Free help for first-time moms in 50 Pennsylvania counties. NFP is a parent support program that pairs you with a free personal nurse who can help you have a healthy pregnancy and provide advice and support as you care for your new baby. To apply, go to www.nursefamilypartnership.org/first-time-moms or call/text 844-637-6667.
Provides quality half-day and full-day pre-kindergarten to eligible 3 and 4-year-olds. www.education.pa.gov (Type Pre-K Counts Grants in search box)
Safe Sleep for Infants
Provides infant safe sleep guidelines and educational materials and assists with portable cribs for families in need. www.cribsforkids.org
Department of Health
Keeping your child healthy may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry! We have many resources to help you. www.health.pa.gov (Click: I am a/an, Parent, Resources for Parents)
Drug and Alcohol Referral Tool (DART)
An online resource designed to help Pennsylvanians find substance-use disorder treatment options, and other related services, in their area for themselves or for loved ones. The tool is fully anonymous and can be translated into more than 100 languages. www.ddap.pa.gov/GetHelp
PA Smoking Cessation Program
Insurance and Health Care
Mental Health and Support
Nutrition and Food Assistance
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Hotline
Call 1-855-427-5666 – Provides breastfeeding help and support by WIC Peer Counselors. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
School Breakfast, Lunch and Summer Food Programs
Provides help in finding free or low-cost meals for school-aged children. https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/applying-free-and-reduced-price-school-meals
USDA National Hunger Hotline
Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY – Provides help for free food resources near you. Call between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Provides homeless resources and public housing agencies to help in finding affordable housing. https://www.hud.gov/states/pennsylvania/renting
Text BABY to 511411. Get FREE text messages on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby’s first year. www.text4baby.org
PA Benefits Helpline
Call 1-855-284-2494 – PA Benefits Helpline provides information on Health Care: Medical Assistance (MA) and CHIP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), cash assistance, Child Care Works Program, school meals, Early Intervention, and energy assistance (LIHEAP). www.dhs.pa.gov (Click: Application for Benefits)