Parents as Teacher Program Receives National Recognition The Intelligencer.Wheeling-News Register| October 17, 2020
Robinson said Friday that the PAT program goes through great lengths to assist families. While prospective families must have a child prenatal through kindergarten aged, there are no income requirements, and other children who are outside the age range are included as well — no sibling gets left behind.
REACHH Family Resource Center Celebrates 30 Years The Register~Herald | March 7, 2020
REACHH also offers … a Parent as Teachers literacy-based, parent-child education program that utilizes home visitors to serve pregnant women, caregivers and families with children prenatal to 5-years-old.
WV Early Childhood Quarterly Summer 2019
Michele Baranaskas, Coordinator, and Nonie Roberts, Training Specialist of Partners in Community Outreach wrote articles on the NEAR@Home Toolkit Pilot Project and Resiliency, respectively.
Strengthening Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee | March 26, 2019
LaCrisha Rose, WV Circle of Parents Network Facilitator, former Parents As Teachers Parent Educator and Parent Recipient shares her expertise with Federal Legislators. The meeting starts at 53 minutes in and lasts about an hour and a half.
Safe Sleep Awareness Month Parsons Advocate | September 17, 2018
Angie Davis, program director, states “Our program gives away a book called “Sleep Baby, Safe and Snug” to all mothers of infants. This book was written by parents who lost their infant son as he lay sleeping on his father’s chest”. Davis elaborated, “This seems like a perfect picture of father and son on Facebook, but it is not safe at all for babies to sleep. Prevent the heartbreaking stories and put your baby in a safe place to sleep”, Davis advised.
WVU Center to Address NAS Challenges Williamson Daily News | September 14, 2018 “Home visiting programs in West Virginia are serving more families impacted by substance use and demonstrating higher needs than ever,” said Jackie Newson, director of the West Virginia Home Visitation Program. “The opportunity to better meet the needs of families through expanded services and stronger resource efforts for families will have significant long-term impact on our state.”
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.”
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.
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.
September 2015 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.
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.
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.
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 | May 31, 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.
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.
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: 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.