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. […]
Chester County’s most vulnerable families are getting a boost from several home visitation programs. Read the full article.
An advocacy campaign started by evidence-based home visit support providers met with legislators Friday morning to discuss the importance of at-home visiting services of the youngest children. Read the full article.
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 […]
There were statistics, of course: 10,355 children in poverty in Luzerne County, only 475 of them getting help through four home-visiting agencies. But there was also Alyssa Hudock, a 21-year-old Pittston resident with three children. Thanks to the help she got through one of those agencies, she graduated from college, got a job and is […]
A community is rightfully judged by the way it treats its children, and Lehigh County is no different. I had the honor of serving in a number of professional roles that focused on the well-being of children and families, including the county executive and the CEO and president of Community Services for Children. Read the […]
Children don’t come with a book of instructions. Many young, first-time parents don’t have the knowledge, experience or supports to take care of themselves or their children during the first few years of life. Home visits do an incredible job at bridging the obstacles that too often hold children and their parents back from reaching […]
Here in Montgomery County, our Children and Youth program office continues to place tremendous focus on family engagement efforts to ensure that children are being adequately cared for in their homes and avoid foster care placement. That means embracing supportive programming that educates at-risk families on ways to avoid child abuse and neglect. It’s important […]
One of the most important resources we have is our children. I go to work every day to help families and children build a foundation for a healthy future. However, ask any parent and you will hear that parenting is the most rewarding, but also the most challenging, job they’ve ever had. Many parents benefit […]
Child advocates, including Blueprints CEO Darlene J. Bigler, Joan Benso, president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, and Pittsburgh neonatologist Dr. Robert Cicco, met Thursday to discuss a campaign promoting evidence-based home visiting programs and to champion an increase in the 2018-19 state budget to expand home visiting programs to additional Pennsylvania programs. Childhood […]