What is Home Visiting?
Home visits happen at a time that is good for you and your family. Your parent educator will arrange a time to meet with you and your child at home or somewhere comfortable for you, so transportation is never an issue.
At each visit, you and your parent educator will talk about your child’s growth and learning. Your parent educator will ask how your week has been. She will ask if you have any questions about being a parent. She will give you the information and support you need to be a great parent. Your parent educator will also bring a book and an activity for you and your child to do together. The activities will depend on your child’s age and your interests and might include:
- Ways to respond to your baby’s cues
- Ways to help stimulate your child’s development
- Ways to encourage language development and motor skills
- Ways to connect and bond with your baby
- Ways to help your child safely explore his surroundings at home and outside
- Understanding your role as a parent
Your parent educator will also work with you to set goals for what you want the future to look like for yourself and your child. She will support you and help you find ways to make them happen. For example, your goals may include improving your home situation, finding a job or getting your GED.
Why Home Visiting Helps:
A parent is a child’s first and most important teacher. In the first few years children learn more than any other time in life. Helping your child learn and grow is a big job. It is very exciting, but often hard. Every mom, dad and family can use some support. Home visiting gives families that support. Your parent educator gives you tools and information about being a parent. Each parent educator helps to answer your questions, teaches strategies and gives you confidence. Your parent educator is a partner who works with you and supports you as your child grows.
Home visiting connects you to other resources in the community. It also connects you to other parents in the program.
Is it For Me?
Home visiting is perfect for those who are:
- First time parents
- Parents of young children—including grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents and other caregivers
- In need of extra support with raising their children
- In need of support understanding child development, developmental delays and health issues
- In the military or need help with getting back together after being apart
The MIECHV program is available in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Marion and Putnam counties. If you do not live in one of these counties there may be another home visiting program that can help. To find out more, visit the Resources page and/or fill out the Contact Us form.