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Better Baby Care: Rockland County Connections

About this Guide

A coalition of Rockland County family-centered organizations have come together to create this resource guide to ensure the healthy development of all our young children and well-being of all our families. 

Because you will most likely have many questions during your pregnancy and/or as a new parent, this information will help you find the right resources. 

Carefully review it and keep it very handy. 

We have provided phone numbers and web addresses for you in this web version of our brochure. 

And, as always, in addition to these resources you can speak with your child's doctor about any issues or concerns. 

Best of luck in your journey, 

Better Baby Care Committee 

This guide was created by representatives from the following groups: Child Care Resources of Rockland, Every Person Influences Children , Rockland County Head Start, Library Association of Rockland County, Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network, Rockland 21C, Rockland County Department of Health

Emergency and Crisis Services

You and Your Developing Child

Prenatal Care *federally qualified health centers can serve those with limited access to health care

*Prenatal Clinic at Montefiore Nyack/Breastfeeding Center on site - 845-348-2550

Prenatal Care at Good Samaritan Hospital, Meg Moore - 845-368-5450

*Refuah Health Centers - 845-354-9300

*Monsey Family Medical Center - 845-352-6800


Medicaid and Managed Health Care Applications 

NY State of Health - 855-355-5777

Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) Insurance Programs - 845-364-3394/3312

*Navigators and Certified Application Counselors available at Health Care Centers listed above

Managed Care Organizations: Fidelis, MVP (Hudson Health), Affinity, WellCare, United Healthcare



 TOR Bus Service - mobile text alerts: 845-364-3333

Medicaid taxi service (Affinity, United Healthcare, WellCare) - 845-360-3542

Medicaid taxi service (Fedelis) - 845-354-5900

Medicaid taxi service (MVP) - 845-883-7865

Community Resource Centers provide contact information for programs offering assistance with housing, child care, food pantries, soup kitchens, thrift shops, Food Stamps/SNAP applications, transportation, mental health, legal assistance, immigration rights and veteran benefits. More resources: 

HACSO (Spring Valley - Spanish and Creole Speaking) - 845-352-5897

Catholic Charities (Spanish speaking) - 845-942-5791

United Way of Rockland - 211 or 800-899-1479

WestCOP at RC Action Program - Haverstraw- 845-728-0688, Spring Valley - 845-262-1987


Rockland County DOH WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program: A supplemental food program for children up to age 5 and pregnant women**Pregnant women are eligible for WIC from day one** - 845-364-2577

WIC Monsey: Monday-Thursday, and Friday morning only, opens at 8:00 am - 845-426-6351

WIC Spring Valley: Monday-Wednesday, Friday morning only, opens at 8:00 am - 845-426-0971

WIC Haverstraw: Wednesday & Thursday, opens at 8:30 am - 845-429-5525

WIC New Square: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, opens at 9:00 am - 845-364-3329

WIC Nyack: Mondat until 2:00 pm, opens at 8:30 am - 845-353-6037


Pregnancy Support Centers - pregnancy tests, childbirth classes and ongoing support 

CareNet - 845-352-6074

Birthright of Rockland - 845-623-9098

Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Program - call HASCO (Spanish & Creole) - 845-352-5897

Rockland County Department of Social Services/Family Shelter - 845-364-3100/3150


Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

Rockland Baby Cafes - 914-922-2240

Breastfeeding Tea Support Group: Good Samaritan Hospital, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 12:30 pm - 845-368-5450

Rockland County DOH Breastfeeding Promotion and Support - 845-364-3786

La Leche League of Rockland - 845-432-5551

Mother to Baby - Is my milk safe? Ask the experts - 866-626-6847

The New York Milk Bank - 212-956-6455



Basic Needs and Family Support

(Eligibility may be income or citizenship-based)

Welcome to Parenthood 

New York State Parent 24 Hour Helpline, Spanish/English - 800-244-5373

Safe Babies New York - ABC's of Safe Sleep/Crying Baby? 

Car Seat Safety

Car seat installation help : call local police or Sheriff's Office - 845-638-400

Healthy Neighborhood Program - make sure your home is safe and healthy - 845-364-3290


Child Care/Maternity Leave/Parenting Workshops and Resources 

Child Care Resources of Rockland - 845-425-0009

NYS Paid Family Leave - 844-337-6303

Volunteer Counseling Services (VCS) - 845-634-5729

EPIC - Every Person Influences Children - 845-352-9105

Child Care Assistance RC DSS (helps pay the cost of child care) - 845-364-3797


Early Learning Resources and Home Visiting Programs 

Child Care Resources of Rockland - 845-425-0009

New Nyack Basics Reading Campaign 

Talking is Teaching 




General Information

InfoRock / Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm (specialists assess your needs and give referrals to appropriate services) - 845-364-2020 

United Way Helpline for the Hudson Valley (both numbers are mulilingual) - Dial 2-1-1 or 800-899-1479

NYS myBenefits website (to determine what public service programs you may qualify for) 

Well Baby Care and Immunizations 

Rockland County Department of Health's Child Health Clinic - 845-364-2520

Health Care (federally qualified health centers serve those with limited access to health care)

Hudson River Health Centers: Haverstraw Location - 845-429-4499 & Spring Valley Location- 845-573-9860

Refuah Health Center: Spring Valley - 845-354-9300

Monsey Family Medical Center - 845-352-6800



For Confidential Help with Nutrition Assistance (including school meals) 

Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Coordinator, Catholic Community Services - 845-942-5791 x14

WestCOP at Rockland Community Action Program (Haverstaw and Spring Valley Locations) - 845-728-0688

Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens

InfoRock (call for locations in your community) - 845-364-2020

For Help Installing a Car Seat Properly

Rockland County Sheriff's Department - 845-638-5400

Your Local Police Department (DO NOT CALL 911) 

Baby Clothes and Supplies

People to People - 845-623-4900

Birthright - 845-623-9098

Recalls of baby items 

About this Guide

Every child's life is mafe up of building blocks as they grow and develop. You - the parent and caregiver - are the most important building block in thier journey to a safe, happy and healthy future. Being a parent and raising a child is not easy. Some say it's the world's hardest job the same time...the world's most rewarding job. A child's development is complicated, with ups and down, and you will probably find yourself stumbling along the way. 

Every one of us will eventunually have questions about birth, parenting, health, nutrition, socialization, and learning. We will all need to find out about services and resources that are available nearby. The better prepared we are as parents, the stronger the foundation - the building blocks - we can offer our children as they take flight. We hope this information gives you useful tools you need to be the best parents you can be