Home visiting in Early Childhood

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Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success

This article explains how there are numerous studies showing the benefits of early intervention services, and that Congress needs to give these programs long-term funding, instead of only granting funding for a year at a time and leaving these programs in fear of their funding being cut. It states that nearly half of young children in the United States live in low-income families, but that high-quality home visiting programs can improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, boost school readiness and academic achievement, and help families become economically self-sufficient. Parents as Teachers is one evidence-based, federally recognized, voluntary home visiting model that works with parents of children ages birth through five years to improve parenting practices and parent knowledge of child development. They also work to provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness.

There are around 2,000 Parents as Teachers programs in all 50 states and Canada and they serve approximately 250,000 children each year.

Through my job as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, I am no stranger to home visiting. I currently have about 10 families that I conduct home visits with. Although I am in the family's life because their child has been verified with a disability, I often find that during my home visits, we are discussing more than just the goals we have on the child's plan. It gives me an opportunity to help families with all types of questions they have. We might discuss child development, parenting tips, community resources, nutrition, routines, finances, transportation needs, employment and anything else that comes up! All of these discussion topics help parents create a safer, more stable...