The Essex Pregnancy & Parenting Connection (EPPC) is a central intake that connects Essex County families who are expecting a baby or with a child under 18 months with free and voluntary home visiting services when possible. Additionally, EPPC links families to other preventive health and support services to promote overall wellness during pregnancy and after the arrival of the baby. The goal is to provide successful connections between expectant or newly parenting families and the services they need to stay healthy and safe.
How does EPPC work?
EPPC has relationships with prenatal care providers, community organizations, hospitals, clinics and private doctors’ offices throughout Essex County. With the client’s permission, a provider completes and returns EPPC’s referral form for the client so that she can be offered home visiting and other services.
With a single referral to the EPPC from any source, a client can be considered for the following free and voluntary home visiting programs:
While each of these programs has its own specific eligibility criteria, referring agencies can make one referral to EPPC knowing that it will connect the client with the services best meeting her needs. Referring agencies who have formal agreements to work with the EPPC will be given feedback about the referrals they make. EPPC also accepts self-referrals.