Home visiting is a powerful investment and a proven strategy for strengthening families. It creates better futures TWO generations at a time.
And it’s key to Washington state having a high-quality early learning system.
Today, 250 home visitors from all over the state have come together for the first Home Visiting Summit.
Three years in the making, the Summit answers the requests of home visitors for more professional development and opportunities to share strategies and stories with each other, so they can support families even better.
Over the next two days, home visitors will participate in hands-on sessions and leave with ideas and tools to use every day with their families. And they will be celebrated by Summit sponsors Thrive Washington, the Department of Early Learning and the Washington Dental Service Foundation.
Home visiting is a voluntary intervention that pairs professionals with expecting and new families – often living in some of our state’s most vulnerable communities – to work together on a regular basis in the home. These services are repeatedly proven to strengthen families and give children the best start possible by improving maternal and child health, family self-sufficiency and school readiness. Home visiting changes the trajectory for both children and their families.
In an ideal world, all new parents would have access to home visiting. It’s just that good of an experience for families.
Right now, about 37,000 Washington families with children birth to age 3 are eligible for – and likely to use – home visiting services, but there are only enough programs and funds to serve about 8,500. The state is looking for ways to sustain and expand this work.