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Improving Maternal Mental Health – Women Say They Need More Support
WV Public Broadcasting | May 11, 2018
“The way that we live, the trends in our current society, definitely compound or magnify the experience of postpartum depression,” said Michelle Comer, the West Virginia support coordinator for Postpartum Support International and a therapist specializing in maternal mental health. “It isn’t new – it’s been around since moms have been having babies.”
Traumatic Childhood Events Common in WV, Report Says
Charleston Gazette-Mail | February 10, 2018
The report notes that several initiatives in the state take into consideration the effects of childhood traumatic experiences on childhood behavior and later health outcomes and quality of life. Examples include early childhood home visiting programs, the Handle with Care initiative, and child advocacy centers.
It Frightens Me to Think of What Will Happen to Clarksburg Now
Charleston Gazette-Mail | November 12, 2017
We are part of Parents as Teachers, a program that supports parents’ ability to nurture children’s early development, learning, and health by meeting families quite literally where they are — in their homes — and providing them supports to help them be the best parents they can be
Home Visitors Need Congressional Support
Charleston Gazette-Mail | August 2, 2017
Home visiting is a smart, scientifically proven investment that leads to better outcomes for families, kids, and communities and significant cost-savings for state budgets over time.
Home Visits Work: Let’s Make Them Universal
Chronicle of Social Change | December 4, 2016
While working as a home visitor, nearly every person I met yearned to be the best parent they could be. But many didn’t have what they needed. They lacked information about parenting skills and were often socially isolated, with few friends or family members to call for help and advice.
Home Visitors Help Parents Make the Most of the First 1,000 Days
WV Public Broadcasting’s The Front Porch Podcast | June 22, 2016
Over 500 Respond to Adverse Childhood Experience Online Survey
WV Metro News | December 10, 2015
In-home family education helps prevent adverse childhood experiences by helping the parents understand that the relationship with their child is the most important thing — that they are their child’s first teacher.
Listen to commercials about the WV Home Visitation Program and an interview with someone from Mountain State Healthy Families.
Parents As Teachers Program Expanding in Randolph County
WBOY | April 14, 2015
50 families are served in Tucker County and the program is starting to grow in Randolph County. The Family Resource Network in Elkins has five parent educators, two full time and three part-time educators.
Home Visiting Programs: An Early Test For the 114th Congress
Brookings | February 5, 2015
A recent literature review commissioned by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 16 home visiting programs have enough support to earn the label “evidence-based.”
The First 1,000 Days: Investing in WV Children When It Counts
WV Public Broadcasting | February 2, 2015
The documentary explains the science and techniques that build healthy brain architecture during our crucial early years. Here is a promotional clip.
Film: Toddler Years Vital for Learning
Charleston Gazette-Mail | February 1, 2015
Yet while about 900 families in the state take part in In-Home Family Education programs, more than 9,000 additional families could participate if this program was available everywhere in West Virginia, according to a 2013 study by Partners in Community Outreach.
Child-friendly Agenda in Legislature Should Appeal to Both Parties and Has in the Past
Charleston Gazette-Mail | January 11, 2015
There is a ton of evidence that investments in programs like voluntary in-home family education pay off hugely in fewer problems and better outcomes down the road.
West Virginia Children Succeed When Parents and Families Succeed
Public News Service | November 13, 2014
One way to maximize the use of professionals and advocates in coaching families is by utilizing them for home visits to address two generations. On one hand, children’s developmental, health and education needs could be addressed, along with job training and other assistance for parents.
U.S. Census Data Shows Poverty Rate on the Rise in WV
Charleston Daily Mail | September 18, 2014
The state Legislature can take action to help struggling families by investing in early intervention and childhood programs such as home visiting…
Science of Young Brains has Put More Emphasis on Early Education
The Dallas Morning News | August 24, 2014
So what do scientists think they know about young brains? There’s a wide belief that more brain connections form in the first three years that will ever be connected again. The assumption is that stimulation at that young age sets a pattern.
Op-Ed Commentary: Why Children and Families Won
Charleston Gazette | June 1, 2014
Hundreds of people sacrificed their time, talent, and resources to make this happen, as well as the legislative champions who continued to push for solutions and the excellent journalists who told our story. That’s what’s fun about working with such a broad movement – you can’t even keep track of every single letter sent or action taken.
Jim McKay and Stephen Smith: Why children and families Won
Charleston Gazette | May 31, 2014
Home Visiting: Setting Our Children Up for Lifelong Success
The Huffington Post | May 19, 2014
Research clearly shows that high-quality home visiting programs improve maternal and newborn health outcomes, boost school readiness and academic achievement, and help families become economically self-sufficient.
The Early Childhood Intervention That Can Make Even Congress Stop Fighting
National Journal | May 9, 2014
Researchers have confirmed that these programs boost child health, reduce abuse and neglect, boost participating families’ economic well-being, and help children arrive better prepared for school.
Criminal Justice Officials Favor Restoring Child, Family Funding
Public News Service | May 9, 2014
Some Vetoed Social Services Funds Restored
Charleston Gazette | May 7, 2014
“All these programs, goodness gracious, are operating on shoestrings, and you can’t take away the string”
Funding Could Be Cut For Early Childhood Development
WCHS-TV | February 27, 2014
A group of early childhood advocates met at the capital Thursday afternoon. They said losing $980,000 could turn into millions of dollars lost.
State Budget Cuts Put $13 Million in Child, Family Money “At Risk”
West Virginia Public News Service | February 27, 2014
Advocates for early-childhood and family-support program have delivered a symbolic $13 million check to West Virginia lawmakers – money they say could be lost if the state goes ahead with budget cuts.
Op-Ed Commentary: Restore Cuts to Family Education
Charleston Gazette | February 26, 2014
In-Home Family Educators help parents understand their role as their child’s first and most important teacher. They provide information and support in such areas as prenatal care, child health, child development, behavior and early learning and literacy.
Nick Kristof Parachutes Back Into Appalachia and the Results Aren’t Pretty
Center for Economic and Policy Research | February 25, 2014
One could easily get the impression … that the early interventions he mentions—family planning, home visitation programs, free at-home help for new moms who want to breastfeed, …and quality pre-K—are new ideas that have little to do with the “War on Poverty.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Op-Ed Commentary: Tiny Budget Cuts Can Be Devastating
Charleston Gazette | February 1, 2014
The proposed budget even slices 25 percent from early childhood home visiting programs, despite the fact that these have been proven to prevent child abuse, reduce the number of low-birth-weight babies, and promote health and better educational outcomes.
Editorial: Caregivers Can Make a Difference
Charleston Gazette | November 9, 2013
One of the best things ever tried and proven to help mitigate the effects of poverty, isolation and unprepared parents is home visitors.
Editorial: Thumbs up: Healthy Families initiative helps local at-risk families
Huntington Herald-Dispatch | October 30, 2013
Whether it’s a young single mother or other circumstances, too many parents are on their own and in great need of information, advice, and support. One of the groups that helps provide that in our region is Mountain State Healthy Families, which provides free program services for new mothers.
Editorial: Teaching Parents Skills is Worthwhile Investment
Huntington Herald-Dispatch | September 23, 2013
States also should look at the most effective home visitation programs provided by social service agencies, and consider expanding those as well.
Editorial: On the Strength of Parents
Charleston Gazette | September 21, 2013
The lesson from this report is the same thing I’ve learned over a career spent reporting on efforts to help children and families: Help parents, and you help kids…This documented knowledge of what makes a difference over a lifetime should lead state and local policy.
Editorial: Home Visitation Effort Can Help Prevent Child Abuse
Huntington Herald-Dispatch | April 7, 2012
A study done by the Pew Center for the States found that a good program of voluntary home visits to at-risk families can cut child abuse cases in half — that means trained professionals meeting with families during pregnancies and the first three years of a child’s life.
Home Visits: A Powerful Weapon Against Child Abuse
Time Magazine | April 5, 2012
Every new mother has so many questions: Is my baby growing well? Is she reaching her developmental milestones? Why does she cry so much and what can I do about it?
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