Horizon Public Health
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.
- Free / no cost to eligible clients
- 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:
- Apply online
- Or speak to your local public health department contact
There is no fee for this service.
809 Elm St, Ste 1200, Alexandria, MN, 56308
Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties
- Primary Contact for this program: 320-208-6670
- Main: 320-763-6018
- TDD: 800-627-3529
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
- Pope County Office 10 1st St NE, Glenwood, MN, 56334
- Grant County Office 15 Central Ave N, Elbow Lake, MN, 56531
- Stevens County Office 10 E Highway 28, Morris, MN, 56267
- Traverse County Office 202 8th St N, Wheaton, MN, 56296
Other Services at this Location
- Apply for Waiver Programs Accepts applications for Medical Assistance/Medicaid waiver programs
- Child and Teen Checkups Coordinators connect individuals to well-child care and screenings for eligible newborns, children and young adults
- Family Home Visiting Expectant parents and parents or caregivers of young children can get in-home support with pregnancy topics, parenting skills and connections to community resources.
- Parenting Support Education and support for parents, or soon to be parents
- 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.