Home visiting supports families by providing screenings, referrals, parenting advice, and guidance to other programs and services in the community. It also allow us to monitor progress on children’s developmental milestones. Our home visiting program helps parents provide safe and supportive environments for their children, and over time, families and home visitors build strong relationships that lead to lasting benefits for the entire family.
4 Benefits of Home Visiting:
MOMS AND BABIES ARE HEALTHIER.
During and after pregnancy, home visiting programs promote maternal health by helping mothers schedule regular doctor’s visits, improve diets, reduce stress levels, and quit smoking or substance abuse. Babies benefit as well.
CHILDREN ARE BETTER PREPARED FOR SCHOOL.
Home visiting programs promote positive parenting practices that help parents better prepare their children for school. Parents enrolled in home visiting programs are more likely to have a safe play environment at home, provide age-appropriate books, and engage children in structured teaching activities.
CHILDREN ARE SAFER.
Home visiting programs are associated with reduced rates of child maltreatment and injuries. Mothers who participate in home visits also have lower stress levels and increased sensitivity during interactions with their children.
FAMILIES ARE MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT.
Mothers with higher levels of education work more hours, have higher family income levels, and provide more cognitively stimulating home environments for their children. Participating in a home visiting program leads to higher rates of enrollment and more hours spent in educational or training programs.