Evidence-based home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents and others raising children look for help. Far too many of Pennsylvania’s youngest children live in poverty and experience poor education and health outcomes. Voluntary home visiting programs help parents and others raising children with the supports necessary to improve the health, safety, literacy and economic self-sufficiency of the family. During home visits, nurses or other trained professionals visit with women, families and children – some as early as pregnancy to promote positive birth outcomes – to provide parent education and support, ultimately promoting child health, well-being, learning and development.
A nurturing childhood leads to a strong, productive adult who will contribute great things to our society. But let’s face it, raising children is challenging and difficult even in the best situations. Home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents need help. Childhood Begins at Home is a statewide campaign to help policymakers and the public understand the value of and support public investments in evidence-based home visiting.