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 […]

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 […]

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.