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The comprehensive home visits include parenting education and support for eligible prenatal families.
A family support worker assists parents with the increasing challenges that their new baby may bring. Families engage in a variety of activities during visits to develop their range of parenting skills. This program continues until the child enters their local Kindergarten program.
Parents may also learn how to manage their household, solve specific problems, and deal with unexpected situations. The family can increase their knowledge of child development and positive parent-child interactions. Parents receive guidance in developing the ability to access and utilize community resources based on individual needs. The family support worker encourages positive health behaviors during pregnancy to promote and advocate a healthy child.
To build a child's library and story time at home, each child receives a new age-appropriate book every three months. The goal is to place 30 books in the home of every child in the program. Literacy activities are shared during the home visits with the child and modeled for parents. Families are frequently transported to a "storytime" at their local library and personally contacted about attending special events to promote literacy.
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Three Rivers Healthy Families invites all expectant families to participate in a prenatal interview. Our staff highlights each available community resource for parenting support. Interview outcomes often result in referrals for services of identified needs. Participants also get an overview of what to expect from a particular service. For more information email Early Intervention Services.
Three Rivers Healthy Families offers assessments for all children four months to five years of age. Initially, parents complete an assessment that identifies concerns about their child's development. Our family support worker then follows up with a plan based on the assessment outcome and parent's input. Email Early Intervention Services for more information.
The TRHF staff and Board have involved parents in a leadership role from TRHF's inception. Parent involvement is a vital component in preparing families to take a proactive role in addressing their needs as well as those of the community.
The TRHF Board of Directors includes parents and involves additional parents for special projects with Board members. Parents enrolled in TRHF have participated in community presentations that target current funding sources and potential resources. In addition, parents have shared their views through written program articles and newspaper interviews to promote community awareness.