What We Work For
Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone (DULCE) is transforming the way families experience healthcare.
We proactively address sources of stress in the critical first six months of life, by creating a team of pediatric, legal, and early childhood providers to support infants and families.
Stress in early life can have both short- and long-term effects on children’s health and well-being, and on their parents. Many conditions contribute to stress, including poverty, inadequate housing, and lack of adequate nutrition. Unfortunately, these are more likely to impact families with low income, families of color, and immigrants.
How We Do It
DULCE employs a strength-based approach to help parents navigate the challenges of caring for babies, raising healthy children, and advocating for what they need.
We are transforming the way families experience the healthcare system, starting with their baby’s first routine medical visit. Families develop a relationship with a DULCE family specialist, who helps them navigate supports and creates the conditions for healthy development.
By prioritizing parent-identified needs, connecting them to supports, and building trusting relationships—parents get the support they need to raise healthy children and advocate for their well-being.