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.

For more information, West Virginia In-Home Family Education.

Latest News & Events

Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting - The Office of Maternal, Child, Family Health of the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources will receive an additional $10,400,000 over the next 2 years and 7 months for additional expansion and formula funding from the federal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced on February 19, 2015, $386 million in grant awards to states, territories, and nonprofit organizations to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Home Visiting Program). These funds will allow states to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children. “The Home Visiting Program gives parents who chose to participate, the tools they need to support healthy outcomes for their children,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). “Evidence-based home visiting services are proven to help improve maternal and child health, prevent child abuse and neglect, and enhance school-readiness.” Click here for more information on HRSA’s Home Visiting Program. For a list of awardees, click here.

The First 1,000 Days: Investing in WV Children When It Counts, is a new documentary by West Virginia Public Broadcasting's John Nakashima. It premieres Monday, February 2, at 9 P.M. on WV PBS. The documentary explains the science and techniques that build healthy brain architecture during those crucial early years. We get an insider's look at a few of the publicly supported childhood interventions, including In-Home Family Education, Birth to Three, Early Head Start, and Head Start. We meet families who are changing their children's lives through enthusiastic participation in these interventions.
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Affordable Care Act - Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting
In September 2014, the Office of Maternal, Child, Family Health of the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources received $6,243,956 from the federal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting program to expand home visiting programs in West Virginia over five years. Home Visiting that exists in fifteen counties will expand services to reach more families and ten new counties will receive home visiting.

Project Launch ($722,800 annually) was also funded – it is a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant to provide community-based services in Kanawha County and specifically the West Side of Charleston. Parents As Teachers will be available to families in the West Side. In addition, there will be some statewide professional development opportunities to statewide home visiting programs through this funding. For more about Project Launch, go here.

Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation
The Foundation (based in Wheeling) recognizes that in order to address the health needs of West Virginians, the quality of early experiences and the health of children and youth must be top priorities. The Foundation collaborates with chosen organizations to impact the long-term health of West Virginia's children.The Foundation has awarded the following 2014 grants to these Partners in Community Outreach member programs to assist in strengthening cross-model standards and quality indicators:
Brooke Hancock Family Resource Network (PAT) - $36,411
Northern Panhandle Head Start (Ohio Co. MIHOW) - $18,000
Tucker County FRN (PAT) - $40,000
Upper Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community (PAT) - $7,650

For more information, see the Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation website here.