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2013 Home Visiting Reflection

December 17, 2013 in Archive, Uncategorized

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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


December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Annie E. Casey Report Recommends Expanded Home Visiting

A new Kids Count Policy Report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation contains recommendations for improving children’s success in life. Titled “THE FIRST EIGHT YEARS: giving kids a foundation for lifetime success”, the report gives evidence for the importance of investing in children in the early years and offers recommendations on what it takes to help children succeed.

Recommendation number one in the report is to support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children. To this end, the report states that:

  • States should establish or continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting and parent training programs for children at risk of falling behind, and
  • Because maternal depression has been shown to negatively affect child development, states should incorporate mental health services for parents into programs that provide those health services and early education supports to young children.


December 17, 2013 in Archive, Uncategorized

Home Visiting Can Be a Lonely Job–We’re All in This Together

By Nancy Jost

team-collaborationAs 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 the rest of this entry →


January 31, 2013 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Trainings, Uncategorized

Looking Back, Looking Forward

In 2012, the Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting focused much of its efforts on developing a comprehensive statewide training for home visiting professionals. Noting the apparent lack of training opportunities for home visitors in general, and specifically addressing trauma informed practice, Coalition sponsored an integrated learning series. The training examined the role of trauma and its implication for home visiting through two large group trainings, and two small reflective training sessions led by infant-toddler mental health professionals in 10 locations around the state. Additionally, a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health in 2012 has opened up training opportunities to other agency home visitors for the future. Read the rest of this entry →


July 20, 2012 in Archive, Practices & Principles, Trainings, Uncategorized

Nebraska Develops Online Home Visiting Training Modules

Reposted from ZERO TO THREE Policy Center

Nebraska released a Home Visiting Core Practices and Principles Online Training program in 2012, which provides information and resources that all home visitors can use. The training is made up of seven core modules designed to provide home visitors with the foundation for working with parents in the home. The modules focus on topics such as effective communication, family systems, cultural competency, observation and documentation, and care of self. Activities are embedded in the training, many of which require the home visitor to work with their supervisor, creating an opportunity for reflective supervision.

The training is available at no cost to anyone who is interested, including parents. Users can obtain certificates for individual modules or for completing the full training program by passing quizzes that are built into the system. It is also possible to log in as a guest (for parents and other non-home visitors) to view the content but not be required to take the tests.

The online training program was developed over the course of about a year using Part C ARRA funds. Most of the curriculum and content for the modules was adapted from an existing 6-day face-to-face training already being offered in the state. The online format was pursued in response to hearing from home visitors that the in-person training was too difficult to attend because of the time commitment and fees required. A cross-agency stakeholder group, which also included private home visiting funders, led the work to develop and disseminate the self-paced training program.  Read the rest of this entry →


July 20, 2012 in Archive, Uncategorized

Partnering with Law Enforcement to Advocate for Very Young Children

Reposted from ZERO TO THREE Policy Center

Your early childhood program may be no stranger to collaborating with other government or nonprofit agencies, but have you considered partnering with your local law enforcement agencies? Law enforcement officers can be powerful allies when it comes to advancing public policies that protect the rights of infants, toddlers, and their families. The following is an excerpt of an interview with John D. Wintersteen, Chief of Police, Paradise Valley, Arizona conducted by Kimberly Lucas, (former) Policy Intern in the ZERO TO THREE Policy Center.

What unique role can law enforcement officials play in influencing the public policy process on behalf of very young children?
As a police chief, when I testify on contentious law enforcement issues in uniform, I have been treated rudely and questioned aggressively. But, when I go down to the state legislature in uniform to testify on matters pertaining to children, it is completely different. When it comes to children’s issues, elected officials are very interested in my point of view as a police officer and especially as a police chief. Read the rest of this entry →

Local Home Visiting Advocate Receives Youth and Families Award

April 12, 2012 in Archive, Uncategorized

 Coalition executive committee member, and vice president of LifeTrack Resources programs, Cindy Toppin, is in Washington DC to receive the 2012 Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Commissioner’s Award.  Nominated by the Governor’s Office, the award honors one recipient from each State for their exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect in his or her State.  The award will be presented this week during the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.  Congratulations, Cindy!

Minnesota’s Early Childhood Programs Get a Funding Boost

April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Health care law expands support for children and families

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Minnesota, which was one of 10 states, awarded $8 million  to provide early childhood support and home visits to families who volunteer to receive these services.These awards are part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) created by the Affordable Care Act. The nearly $72 million in funding announced today will allow states to expand or establish their home visiting program. Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome to the MN Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting Community!

March 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

One of the smartest investments and proven ways to support children, parents, and a growing economy is home visiting.

A network of home visiting programs that have what it takes to support and transform the lives of at-risk expectant and new parents and their babies and toddlers, the Coalition is a statewide organization that seeks to be a network of high quality, home visiting programs and services that promote learning and success for children in our community.

Taking advantage of technology, we’ve launched a home visiting community in partnership with United Front to leverage opportunities to engage with home visiting professionals as a way of coming together, connecting and exploring advance best practices to improve the work we do on behalf of families. Read the rest of this entry →

Welcome to the MN Home Visiting Coalition Community!

February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting provides a place for multiple home visiting models to join forces and work toward common goals. We benefit from getting a broad understanding of new developments in home visiting by sharing from our respective organizations and connecting to activities on the state and national level that will impact services.

We invite you to check back often and please let us know what you think of our new community. Learn more about Who We Are.

Minnesota Coalition for Targeted Home Visiting