Bi-Annual All-Cohort Training Offers Home Visitors Skills and Support

On April 14, programs funded through the state’s Home Visiting Services Account came together for a training hosted by Thrive Washington and the Department of Early Learning, in partnership with the Department of Health and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation. This bi-annual training exists to build community within the home visiting system as well as offer resources and professional development opportunities for home visiting program leaders.

Home visiting leaders engaged in substantial peer dialogue throughout the day, sharing strategies for relationship-based practices. The hosting organizations presented updates to the state’s home visiting system, including updates on data quality improvements and expansions made possible by TANF and 502 funding that will increase home visiting services to vulnerable families.

“There are exciting advancements being made within the home visiting system in Washington state,” said Melanie Krevitz, Thrive Washington’s Home Visiting Senior Manager. “Having time together as leaders is important and provides an opportunity to discuss strategy and to network within this emerging field.”

The state’s Home Visiting Services Account funds high-quality proven and promising home visiting programs. This account uses combinations of federal, state and private funds to provide more home visiting services to families living in some of Washington state’s highest needs communities.

The state Department of Early Learning (DEL) oversees and Thrive administers the account. Since the account was created in 2010, it has grown from funding four grantees serving 120 children to 40 grantees with the capacity to serve over 2,300 children statewide. In Washington state, there are currently as many as 30,000 families who are eligible for home visiting services but can’t get them. Together, Thrive and the Department of Early Learning are working together to create a system of home visiting within the state.

The next all-cohort training will be held in November 2016.
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