All across America, parents face challenges when raising children. Even for the most equipped families it can be a stressful job. Families at risk face a myriad of challenges — poverty, lack of education, isolation, etc. — that can diminish their ability to support their children effectively.
- Increase and enhance the capacity of parents and caregivers to strengthen their knowledge, skills and behavior
- Increase positive parenting practices with respect to cultural difference
- Reduce percentage of parents and children with substantiated child abuse reports
- Increase percentage of children exhibiting age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate physical, emotional, social and cognitive development
- Increase number of mothers screened and referred for appropriate services
- Increase number of children receiving screening and referral to appropriate care settings, to include those with special needs
Parenting programs help strengthen parents’ education and increase their support systems and resources, which help them to understand their child’s developmental needs and leads to appropriate nurturing and guidance.
Home visitation empowers parents with the guidance, knowledge and tools to create a bright beginning for their child. By the age of three, most of a child's physical, intellectual and emotional development is well underway. Everything a parent does has a lasting effect on the child's success, including the child's readiness to start school.