Countryside Public Health Department
Follow Along Program
Program that helps to make sure children are learning and growing appropriately for their age
The Follow Along Program (FAP) helps parents and caregivers measure how their children are developing and decide if educational and other community programs may be needed to help them keep pace with other kids their age.
It helps parents:
- Learn and ask questions about child health and development
- Figure out "what to teach" and "at what age" to teach it
- Get information about other helpful services
How it works:
- Parents get a call or visit from an early childhood professional (usually a nurse) from a local public health department to learn about their child.
- Questionnaires are sent to help parents measure how their child is developing at specific ages.
- Results are shared with the parent, and if there are concerns, the professional contacts the parent about what they can do.
When a child reaches 36 months old, parents then receive information about how to register for Early Childhood Screening to continue to support their child's readiness for kindergarten.
- Children and/or youth with disabilities
Parents/caregivers with children birth to 36 months (three years). Some counties continue to provide the program for children 3 through Kindergarten entrance. Contact the local public health agency to learn if this is an option.
Two ways to enroll:
There is no fee for this service.
201 13th St S, Benson, MN, 56215
- Primary Contact for this program: 320-843-4546
- Toll Free: 800-657-3291
- Countryside Public Health - Chippewa County 517 N 17th St, Montevideo, MN, 56265
- Countryside Public Health - Yellow Medicine County 415 9th Ave, Granite Falls, MN, 56241
- Countryside Public Health - Lac Qui Parle County 422 5th Ave, Madison, MN, 56256
- Countryside Public Health - Big Stone County 342 2nd St NW, Ortonville, MN, 56278
Other Services at this Location
- Child and Teen Checkups Well-child care and screenings for eligible newborns, children and young adults
- Family Home Visiting Expectant parents, parents, or guardians of children five years old and younger can get in-home coaching with parenting skills and connections to community resources
- Public Health Clinic Public health departments offer screenings, health education and wellness services
- WIC - Supplemental Nutrition Program Healthy eating and breastfeeding support program for women, infants and children. Benefits include nutrition information, healthy food you purchase using your card, and other health or community program referrals.