“As parents, we all need help at some point – sometimes just that little extra help can make a big difference,” said KDHE Home Visiting Program Manager Deborah Richardson.
Kansas parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, and communities have a new website to provide support and resources to help babies grow up healthy and happy.
“This website identifies home-visiting programs by county, provides information about home visiting program models and provides links to resources related to child development, maternal and child health, child safety, parenting tips and many more.”
Kansas Home Visiting is a statewide collaborative effort led by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and supported by KU’s Center for Public Partnerships & Research (CPPR) in the Achievement & Assessment Institute.
Home visiting is a voluntary program that involves meeting with a trained, family-support professional at a time convenient for families. Home visitors are qualified to answer questions and provide guidance on such issues as maternal and child health, positive parenting, child development and growth, safe home environments, learning and school readiness.
CPPR provides evaluation, data system and project coordination supports for the KDHE-administered Kansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. These supports include collecting and reporting benchmark data, project evaluation and development of the Kansas Home Visiting website.
“CPPR’s multiyear partnership with KDHE reflects our deep commitment to support of at-risk children, youth and families across the state,” said Betsy Thompson, CPPR MIECHV project coordinator.
Source: KU News Service