Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and sometimes it can be hard to make decisions when it comes to their care. A new baby can be stressful if you don’t have help. In Pennsylvania, Home Visiting services can be a great answer for families who are looking for help. Visits are based on the needs of the parent and child and are different for every family. Professionally trained home visitors can provide information and help families with:
- Prenatal care
- Caring for a new baby
- Child development
- Health and nutrition
- Family supports
Home Visiting services may also help your family:
- Improve your health.
- Create plans for education or a new job.
- Use a positive parenting approach.
- Reduce stress that can lead to child neglect or abuse.
- Think about how big you’d like your family to become – and how fast you’d like your family to grow.
- Connect with other resources in your community.
Here are the statewide programs most widely available. There may be other home visiting programs available in your community as well.
Early Head Start gives low-income pregnant women and families the skills they need to enhance their children’s growth from birth through age three. Early Head Start home-based services include weekly 90-minute home visits and two group socialization activities per month for parents and their children. Families earning up to 100% of poverty may be eligible.
Nurse-Family Partnership helps low-income, first-time parents experience healthy pregnancies, promotes early literacy and encourages school readiness by helping mothers learn how to foster healthy child development. Families receive services during pregnancy until the child turns two years old.
Parents As Teachers provides home visits with trained experts who educate parents on how to become the first and most important teacher in their child’s life. It offers support services from pregnancy to kindergarten and serves at-risk families such as teen parents, parents or children with a disability, low-income families, parents without a high school diploma or GED, or those experiencing substance abuse.