Home Visiting Community
As we approach the end of 2013, I am struck by an evolution in the work done by the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting and its member organizations. This evolution is occurring in both the practice and policy arenas.
Gradually, the Coalition has become a recognized go-to resource for information on home visiting for high risk families. We are also looked to for expertise on brain development for children prenatally to age five, especially those before age three. Our “Practice Matters” webinar series convened over 1,200 participants from various organizations statewide to develop common understanding of core competencies for home visiting staff and supervisors.
Home visiting organizations in Minnesota share a common strategy of working with children and families in the home setting, but these services are provided by many different organizations and professionals who utilize a variety of models. A key consensus item within the coalition is the need to identify a common set of outcomes and practice standards.
In 2014 we hope to continue to support Minnesota’s momentum to invest in early childhood, along with United Way and other Minneminds partners. A major goal is to develop/agree upon outcomes and standards for all targeted home visiting programs We hope to build on experiences from New Mexico and other states, as well as federal benchmarks now available. In that way, we are continuing to build our ‘learning community’. using best available practices to improve outcomes for high risk families. We are proud to be supported by United Way in this work an appreciate their support for our efforts.
Patricia Coldwell, coordinator, Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting
Home Visiting Can Be a Lonely Job–We’re All in This Together
By Nancy Jost
As the coordinator for the newly formed Clay County Early Childhood Initiative, I was asked to gather a group of agencies to talk about home visiting for families in our community. What seemed like a simple task on the outside has led to some complex questions, a continuing need for discussion and an opportunity to acknowledge the work that agencies do in providing home visiting. READ MORE