McCurtain Memorial Hospital has partnered with the Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the State Department
of Health to provide a home visitation program for qualified expectant and new parents to teach them about child
development and being a parent. The Family Support Workers also administer child development screenings to make
sure the children are meeting age-specific milestones. If a delay is suspected, the child is referred to another
agency that specializes in this area.
Bright Beginnings is a source of support, often advocating for parents when they have no one else to help them.
The Family Support Workers make referrals to agencies in the community that parents may not be aware of, giving
moms and dads a better chance at providing for their children and being a stronger family. Bright Beginnings
often receives donations from other entities within the community that they, in turn, are able to give to
families who need them. Examples: diapers, clothes, infant formula, car seats, etc.
Mothers who are at least 28 weeks pregnant, and mothers whose children are 12 months or younger are eligible for screening.
If the screening is positive, the family is then assessed. If they meet the minimum score requirement, an intake form is
completed to enroll the family. Once the family is enrolled in the program, they can continue to receive home visits until
the child turns 6. Participation is strictly voluntary, and families can drop out at any time. If they choose to drop out,
the Family Support Workers are still available to provide information and answer any questions the parents may have.
We may be reached at 580-208-3357 or 580-208-3320. We are located in the north tower at McCurtain Memorial Hospital.