Press Release: Childhood Begins at Home Statement on Passage of Stopgap Budget

Voluntary, Evidence-Based Home Visiting Services Preserved in Stopgap Budget HARRISBURG, PA (May 29, 2020) – The Childhood Begins at Home campaign released the following statement after passage of the five-month stopgap state budget: “Families need support now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic and evidence-based home visiting services for our children and families will […]

Press Release: Pennsylvania’s Working Families Need Greater Investment in Early Learning Services

2020-21 State budget proposal: modest growth for pre-k; fails to expand critical child care and evidence-based home visiting services HARRISBURG, PA (February 4, 2020) – The principal partners of Early Learning Pennsylvania (ELPA), a statewide coalition of advocates focused on supporting young Pennsylvanians from birth to age five, are calling on the General Assembly to […]

Press Release: Gov. Wolf’s $5 Million Increase for Voluntary Evidence-Based Home Visiting Will Help 800 More PA Families

The governing body members of Pennsylvania’s home visiting coalition today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly for their commitment to voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs. The $5 million increase for the Community-Based Family Centers line in this year’s state budget will give 800 more Pennsylvania families access to home visiting programs. The coalition […]

Op-Ed: Good childhood health begins at home – Delaware County Daily Times

As a pediatrician, I’ve had the privilege of caring for our community’s youngest residents during the time when their brains develop the fastest. Parents can shape this development through simple interactions such as talking and playing together, but for some parents, especially those who are young and/or of modest means, those simple, daily interactions are […]

Op-Ed: Supporting parents before and after child’s arrival – Lancaster Online

Strong families are the foundation of our communities, and children from strong families have a greater chance of being healthy, productive, law-abiding citizens. Parents are, of course, their children’s primary teachers and influence. But sometimes parents look for help. That’s when evidence-based home visiting programs can fit in. Ask anyone who has ever been a […]

The coalition is working to build successful families in Montour and Columbia Counties,  joining leaders for an event at the Danville Childhood Development Center.

Those in attendance were: Angela Mattis, Montour County District Attorney; Ashley Mensch, director, Columbia County Family Center; Allison Shay, parent educator, Parents as Teachers; a mother benefiting from voluntary home visits and Kari King, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

Childhood Begins at Home held an event in March to highlight the need for more evidence-based home visiting in Montgomery County.

Those who participated included:

  • Nadine Miller, deputy administrator, Resource Division, Office of Children and Youth, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Kevin Steele, Montgomery County District Attorney;
  • Rosemarie Halt, senior director of policy, Maternity Care Coalition;
  • A mother benefiting from voluntary home visits; and
  • Kari King, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

Family support advocates joined together at the Kingsley Center to discuss the need for evidence-based home visiting in Allegheny County.

The event included:

  • Marc Cherna, director of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services;
  • Dr. Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County Health Department;
  • Cara Ciminillo, executive director of Trying Together;
  • Local families benefiting from voluntary home visits; and
  • Kari King, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

Lycoming County First Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade, joined with the Nurse-Family Partnership and other statewide and regional partners for a press conference at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport, to discuss evidence-based home visiting and the Childhood Begins at Home campaign’s efforts to ensure more state funding for the programs in Lycoming County.