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 […]

Op-Ed: New push for an old idea: ‘Childhood Begins at Home’ – Times Leader

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 […]

Op-ed: Increase help for families that need it – Allentown Morning Call

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 […]

Op-Ed: Childhood Begins At Home – Bucks County Courier Times

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 […]

Op-Ed: Childhood Begins at Home campaign launches in Pennsylvania – Pottstown Mercury

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 […]

Op-Ed: Efforts pay off for home visiting programs – Scranton Times Tribune

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 […]

Childhood Begins at Home campaign supports safety of Washington, Greene families

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 […]

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.