What is it?
A variety of parenting information and parent-child activities are brought to a family instead of a family having to seek out and attend “classes” in the community.
Who provides it?
Parent Educators are professionally-trained staff.
When does it happen?
Home visits are offered weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the stage of pregnancy or the age of the child.
Where do we meet?
Visits are most often held in a family’s home, but Parent Educators may attend medical or social service appointments as advocates for a family.
Why is it beneficial?
Home visitation allows us to individualize the program to better meet the needs of the parents and children we serve. It also helps nurture each family’s sense of independence, pride, and confidence.
- Education is a powerful tool and when presented in very hands-on activities, parents learn to play with and read to their children in ways that stimulate each child’s development and prepare them for school.
- Parents learn positive ways to provide baby and toddler care and healthy nutrition, safe-proof their homes, and guide their children with nurturing discipline. Acquiring new parenting skills and gaining confidence to use them prevents child abuse and neglect.
- Because many of “our” parents are still young, life skills education also contributes to their ability to become good moms and dads. As they practice solving problems and making good decisions for their little ones, they are more able to develop stronger family relationships
- Being a new parent can be very overwhelming. When a question pops up, it’s helpful to be able to call or text your Parent Educator. If someone shows you how to do something and then let’s you practice with them nearby, the likelihood that you will understand it is far greater than if you are given a handout. And it’s worth a lot just to hear “You’re doing a good job!”
- Having a supportive family is only one factor that reduces the challenges of balancing life with baby—school, work, friends, family, child care, food for the family, or housing. Parent Educators are skilled in helping families access community services that can then contribute to future self-sufficiency.
- And there’s nothing like sharing the ups and downs of being a parent with other young parents. Group meetings encourage new friendships among peers and their families.