Parenting “Power Tools” — That’s What My Home Visitor Gives Me

“I was told that I’m the first teacher for my son … they make me believe that,” said Monica, who stood up and shared her home visiting experience at a November 2017 meeting. When Monica started speaking, we grabbed a phone and hit the video record button. What we captured demonstrates how a home visiting program can kindle a parent’s passion for reading to her children — and how a home visitor provides parenting “power tools.”

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Los Angeles County Leaves Money on the Table for Home Visiting – But Not for Long

Other states and localities use a variety of sources to fund home visiting. L.A. County is exploring its options to help families with young children succeed.

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MCHA’s ‘Welcome Baby’ Parents Talk Back

Maternal and Child Health Access (MCHA), which offers the free Welcome Baby program in partnership with California Hospital in Los Angeles, shared some of the feedback they’ve received from parents.

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Webinar: How Home Visiting Programs Can Support NICU Families

NICU babies need lots of support, but so do their caregivers. “Premature babies give us premature parents,” said Esther Chon, who, along with Sharon Tan, led a webinar on how to help caregivers who have a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit. Watch the webinar here.

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Family Strengthening Training: The Quick Pitch and the Long Haul

Training requirements for Family Strengthening Network staff are rigorous and extensive. But that doesn’t mean there’s no time for fun.

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Webinar: Importance of Fatherhood, Engaging Dads in Home Visiting

This week, Project Fatherhood’s LeHenry Solomon presented a webinar to the Parent Coaches from the 14 Welcome Baby hospitals in L.A. County. We’ve included the recording here, along with several other resources on fatherhood and on helping dads be better parents.

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Section 8 Housing Waiting List Opens Oct. 16. Here’s How to Help L.A. County Families Apply.

The lack of affordable housing in L.A. county is taking a toll on human health. Section 8 assistance can help, and on Oct. 16 — for the first time in 13 years — the waitlist will be open. Here’s a webinar and other resources for home visitors who want to help families apply.

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Study: DACA Dramatically Improves Mental Health of Dreamers’ Children

We’re hearing a lot lately about the Dreamers. But what about their kids? A new Stanford University study shows that DACA significantly reduced mental illness in Dreamers’ children.

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4,000 Black Infants Every Year

4,000: That’s the number of black infants who die — but who would be saved each year in the U.S. if they had all the health and medical benefits enjoyed by white babies.

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