Penn State Children’s Hospital offers classes, resources, and other educational opportunities to help patients and their families cope with an illness and learn how to be healthy.
Parent and caregiver resources
For new parents
- Our Breastfeeding Program gives expectant mothers and new parents the information and support to achieve a fulfilling breastfeeding experience. Certified lactation consultants teach breastfeeding classes, offer one-on-one assistance and counseling and provide telephone support and outpatient visits. Retail products and an electric breast pump rental program are available. Learn more about our Breastfeeding Program or call the Breastfeeding Resource Line at 717-531-3754.
- Our Breastfeeding Clinic is designed to support breastfeeding mothers and their infants throughout the breastfeeding experience and provide the emotional support and tools needed to be successful in breastfeeding. Families have access to onsite lactation specialists, increased breastfeeding education resources and appointments available in breastfeeding-friendly office. To schedule an appointment call 717-531-7300.
Child health and safety
Our Pediatric Injury Prevention Program offers one-on-one instruction and community events related to a number of child safety issues. We also offer:
- A sleep safety program called Cribs for Kids
- Car passenger safety initiatives, including car seat safety inspections and a Teen Driver class
- A Safe Sitter Program to teach pre-teens essential skills for babysitting
For parents of hospitalized children
- Make-a-Wish Foundation - grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. We can work with you to see if you qualify and assist in the application process.
- Family Advisory Council - our Family Advisory Council, made up of patients’ family members and hospital staff, identifies areas where the hospital could improve the patient and family experience and works to implement those changes.
- Child Life Program - our Child Life Program offers age-appropriate programs to help patients and their siblings cope with a hospital stay or illness. We provide opportunities for learning, self-expression, family involvement, and peer interaction.