Press Release: $5 Million Increase for Evidence-Based Home Visiting a Small Step

The governing body members of Pennsylvania’s home visiting coalition said Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal to increase the Community-Based Family Centers line by $5 million is a small step in the right direction, and released the following statement: “Evidence-based home visiting is a research-proven tool to support the development and safety of our most […]

Voluntary Home Visiting Programs Prevent Crime By Improving Child Outcomes And Well-Being

Harrisburg, Pa. (Jan. 16, 2019) – South Central PA prosecutors who are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids released a new report today at Tri County Community Action (TCCA) entitled, Preventing Crime Through Voluntary Home Visiting. Joined by Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children President and CEO Kari King and administrators […]

Parenting is a hard job — but ‘home visitors’ lend a hand

Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services secretary, runs an agency with nearly $40 billion in state and federal funds and more than 15,000 employees. But on this Thursday afternoon, wearing a T-shirt, capri pants and flip-flops, seated on the floor of her suburban Harrisburg home near her 2½-year-old daughter, she’s most decidedly not in charge. […]

Op-Ed: Officials stress importance of Head Start campaign – The Citizen’s Voice

With the state budget process kicking into gear and millions of dollars in funding at stake, child advocates touted the merits of the Childhood Begins at Home campaign at Luzerne County Head Start on Thursday. The campaign emphasizes the importance of “evidence-based” home visiting programs which provide support for parents caring for children in difficult […]

The coalition is working to build successful families in Washington and Greene Counties, joining leaders for an event at Blueprints.

Back row: Lissa Geiger Shulman, Director of Public Policy, Trying Together; Brenda Fronzaglio, Director, Blueprints; state Senator Camera Bartolotta; and Leigh Carlson Hernandez, Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh.

Front row: Renee Cooper, Blueprints parent; Darlene Bigler, CEO of Blueprints; Joan Benso, president and CEO of PPC; and Dr. Robert Cicco, PPC board member, neonatologist and president of the Allegheny County Medical Society.

Childhood Begins at Home officially launches at an event at the Lancaster Women and Babies Hospital.

Back row:  State Representative Steven Mentzer; State Representative Brett Miller; State Representative Bryan Cutler; State Representative Mike Sturla; State Representative Keith Greiner; and Lancaster District Attorney Craig Stedman.

Front row: Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children; Shyanne Troop of Ephrata and her daughter; Mary Lee Steffy, manager of community health and wellness at Nurse-Family Partnership; and Theresa Whitesel, RN supervisor of Nurse-Family Partnership.

Family support advocates, including Chester County Maternal and Child Health Consortium (MCHC) executive director Milena Lanz and Bruce Clash, Pennsylvania State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids at a Childhood Begins at Home campaign event at MCHC in West Chester.

Child advocates, including Delaware County Medical Society executive director David McKeighan, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children president and CEO Joan Benso and Maternity Care Coalition senior director of policy Rosemarie Halt at a Childhood Begins at Home campaign event at the Maternity Care Coalition in Upper Darby.