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 […]

‘Childhood Begins At Home’ Campaign Launch Supports Development And Safety Of Pa Children, Families

LANCASTER, Pa. (April 12, 2018) – Child advocates, including Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children president and CEO Joan Benso, and Mary Steffy of the Nurse-Family Partnership, today launched the Childhood Begins at Home campaign at the Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster. The campaign, which supports the development and safety […]

Op-Ed: Childhood Begins at Home – York Daily Record

One of my primary duties as a pediatrician is to increase the likelihood young parents are successful in the practice of parenting by encouraging positive childrearing practices and promoting activities that enhance child development. Parenthood is tough, even for the most prepared among us. Some families need more help than others. The research in this […]

Too many at-risk Lancaster County kids go without home visits that reduce abuse, delinquency, advocates say

Back-to-back crises tested Shyanne Troop, a 20-year-old, first-time mom: her newborn suffered a stroke and her marriage dissolved. Through each trial, Troop was thankful a knowledgeable and compassionate registered nurse was in her corner. Since early in Troop’s pregnancy, Kendra French with Nurse-Family Partnership made regular home visits, checking on the mother-to-be’s health and her […]

Op-Ed: Lawmakers need to support this commonsense effort to keep kids safe – PennLive

Right now, evidence-based, home visiting programs are supporting the development and safety of our most vulnerable children and their families in Pennsylvania. These programs, funded with state and federal resources, focus on several critical areas: reducing child abuse and neglect and improving family health, education and economic security. Unfortunately, not enough families have access to […]

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.