For the past year, a small facilitating workgroup and a large planning committee from federal Health Resources and Services Administration Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) have come together virtually and by phone to create NEAR@Home, a toolkit for addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in home visiting. The group agrees that the ACEs framework and NEAR science have the ability to strengthen the work in home visiting and improve outcomes for children and families. Thank you to all who contributed to this process. Read more about the launch of the NEAR@Home toolkit.
We have been honored and excited by the response from people all over the country – and even internationally. There have been more than 450 downloads of NEAR@Home since it launched in early March from providers, agencies and organizations that serve families not only in the early learning space, but also in health, child welfare, and research and policy development. We’re excited by the possibilities of continuing to work with systems, organizations and agencies that have expressed interest in deepening or embarking on their work in this field.
The NEAR@Home toolkit was created, reviewed, and tested by home visitors, mental health providers, and other experts in the field of NEAR and home visiting in Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). The toolkit is based on a theory of change with five core elements: Preparing, Asking, Listening, Affirming and Remembering. It is designed for home visitors who have some basic knowledge of NEAR science and have at least one year of experience in their model home visiting.
Use the readiness checklist for NEAR home visiting education
The group that created NEAR@Home is committed to learning from and with those who are using the toolkit, which will be updated over time to reflect users’ feedback and ideas, and developments in the research. If you are a home visitor or program manager who has downloaded the toolkit, please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey. Consider offering the survey to all the members of your team. It’s six questions that gauge your knowledge and attitudes about incorporating ACEs/NEAR information and the ACEs questionnaire into your work.
Take the pre-survey
We have a post-survey as well, designed for use after a home visitor has completed NEAR@Home training and has some experience incorporating NEAR Science and ACEs in his or her practice.