Home-Based Services in the home help support our commitment to reaching as many families as possible. These services are available to pre-natal mothers as well as children up to 5 years old. Sessions between the parent and child educator, parent(s) and child are 1.5 hours per week and follow the same curriculum as the center-based programs.
The Early Head Start (EHS) Home-Based Model is one of eight evidence-based home visiting models selected for the Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.
The EHS Home-Based Model provides high-quality, culturally competent child development and parent support services with an emphasis on the role of the parent as the child’s first, and most important relationship. The home-based option is designed for families in which the home is the child’s primary learning environment. Participants in the EHS home-based model receive a combination of weekly home visits and regularly scheduled group socializations.
The scope of services in the home-based program option is comprehensive and includes the following:
- Developmental screening, ongoing observation and assessment, and curriculum planning
- Medical, dental, and mental health assistance
- Child development and education
- Family partnerships and goal setting
- Community collaborations to meet additional family needs
Home visits are conducted with the child’s parent(s) or the primary caregiver for 90 minutes, generally on a year-round basis, one visit per week. The purpose of the home visit is to support parents in their roles as primary caregivers and to facilitate the child’s optimal development within their home environments.
Group socializations are offered twice a month and are designed to support child development by strengthening the parent-child relationship. In the context of a group of families, socialization experiences address child growth and development, parenting, and the parent-child relationship.
Services to Pregnant Women
For EHS programs enrolling pregnant women, home visits are conducted to ensure pregnant women have access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care. A home visit is also used to provide prenatal education on topics such as fetal development, labor and delivery, postpartum recovery (including maternal depression), and the benefits of breastfeeding.
Family Partnership Agreement
In order to meet the needs of children and families, a Family Partnership Agreement is created that defines the individualized focus for each enrolled child and family. Through this process, parents are integrally involved in determining the goals and experiences that comprise their child’s curriculum, and in identifying goals for themselves that best support their healthy development and self-sufficiency.
Home Visiting Staff
In the EHS Home-Based Model, the relationship of the parent child educator with parents and expectant parents is central to effective service delivery. Through ongoing interactions in home visits and socializations, this continuity of the relationship becomes the vehicle through which parent child educator support and strengthen parents’ or expectant parents’ abilities to nurture the healthy development of their children.