Partners in Community Outreach is the coalition of West Virginia research-based In-Home Family Education programs. The vision of Partners in Community Outreach is that every West Virginia family from pregnancy until children are at least three years of age has the opportunity to participate in a high-quality In-Home Family Education program in their local community.
What is In-Home Family Education?
In-Home Family Education is a voluntary program providing parenting education and support to families with young children in their homes. These programs build "protective factors" which enable families to deal more successfully with whatever challenges arise. In-Home Family Education is a powerful strategy to promote positive childhood experiences; thereby reducing the need for more costly services.
What do In-Home Family Educators do?
In-Home Family Educators help parents understand their role as their child's first and most important teacher. They provide information and support in such areas as prenatal care, child health, early learning and literacy, and child development and behavior. They help connect families to resources in their community and help families stay together safely. This is done by emphasizing each family's strengths and helping them reach their goals.
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Time is running out to reauthorize MIECHV! Partners in Community Outreach and others, including the Home Visiting Coalition are asking that MIECHV be reauthorized for five years with incremental funding increases to reach $800 million annually in order to meet the needs of children and families nationwide.
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National Supporters of Voluntary Home Visiting Kick Off Campaign as Time Nears for Congress to Reauthorize MIECHV. The campaign and its website, www.homevisitingcoalition.com, which also launched today, is the work of the Home Visiting Coalition, a national group of home visiting models and advocates for children and families. Its main focus is to ensure that this successful, evidence-based program is not just continued but also expanded so that even more at-risk families in all 50 states can benefit from home visiting. To read more, click here.
MIHOW Works! Research study confirms effectiveness of MIHOW model. Vanderbilt University partnered with Catholic Charities of Middle Tennessee to conduct a randomized control trial to find out how well the MIHOW model works with Hispanic families. Study recruitment began in the summer of 2015 and the last family finished services in September 2016. Click here to read more.