Division Mission

The purpose of the division is to promote physical, social, and emotional well-being and resilience by fostering healthy environments in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. Using the life course approach, we provide direct services, linkages, and referrals; build adult capacity; conduct research and evaluation; and support policy and systems development.


All children in Mass. are raised in healthy, safe, nurturing environments to ensure optimal physical, social and emotional well-being.


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This division is a part of the Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.

Contact Information

Karin Downs, RN, MPH., Director
Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
phone: 617-624-6060
fax: 617-624-6062
email: Karin.Downs@State.MA.US

This information is provided by Family Health and Nutrition within the Department of Public Health.