Home Visiting Investments Create Opportunities for Family, Friend and Neighbor Partnerships

Oct 22, 2012

By Christine Johnson-Staub

Public investments in home visiting, such as the federal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grant and the U.S. Department of Education's Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program, which recently awarded a $3 million grant to Parents As Teachers (PAT), expand important services and resources to young children and their families. This Department of Education grant to Parents As Teachers will provide 2,000 families with literacy, developmental and parenting supports.

PAT serves children from the prenatal period through kindergarten entry by providing one-on-one and group literacy supports, developmental screenings for children, and a resource network for families. According to Ed Week, PAT will use the Department of Education grant to support early literacy by introducing parents and children to activities that encourage reading and language development. 

In addition to reaching young children and their parents, PAT is one of several home visiting models that has been included in community-based home visiting partnerships with family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care providers, offering an opportunity to improve the quality of caregiving in those home-based settings. Many young children, in particular those from low-income households, spend significant time being cared for by friends or relatives. PAT has designed a curriculum specifically for use in family child care settings, which can easily be adapted for use with FFN caregivers.

By awarding a literacy grant to an organization that provides home visiting, the Department of Education recognizes the importance of pre-literacy skills developed during the early childhood years and the multiple strategies and diverse delivery-systems that are required to be successful, including reaching families and caregivers with resources in their homes.

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