Several home visiting models provide valuable support to Wyoming parents and young children
Early Head Start
Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, and to pregnant women and their families.
EHS home-based services are provided through weekly home visits to each enrolled child and family. The home visitor provides child-focused visits that promote the parents’ ability to support their child’s development. These visits last about an hour and a half each. About twice per month the program offers opportunities for parents and children to come together as a group for learning, discussion and social activity.
EHS services are available in Campbell, Big Horn, Goshen, Laramie, Natrona, Platte, Teton, Washakie, and Uinta Counties in Wyoming as well as on the Wind River Reservation.
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting model that offers families with young children the opportunity to take part in parenting education programs within the comforts of the home or other convenient location. Trained professionals, called parent educators, provide information, encouragement and resources that parents need to help their children develop to their fullest potential during their critical early years of life. Programs focus on pregnant women and families with children birth to age 3. Parent educators partner with parents to learn individual family needs and provide developmental screenings, parenting information and community referrals. Materials and activities are research-based and promote optimal child development to prepare children to succeed in school and life.
There is no cost for the program and participation is voluntary.
Years of evaluation, research and data collection show that strong home visiting programs promote:
- Children’s developmental delays and health problems are detected early
- Children enter kindergarten ready to learn and the achievement gap is narrowed
- Children achieve school success into the elementary grades
- Parents improve their parenting knowledge and skills
- Parents are more involved in their children’s schooling
- Families are more likely to promote children’s language and literacy
Parents as Teachers is available in Laramie, Albany, Sweetwater, Natrona and Fremont Counties.
The Public Health Nursing (PHN) Healthy Baby Home Visitation Program (“Healthy Baby Program”) is a standardized home-visitation service provided by trained nurses to families, prenatally and/or with children birth to two years of age. These services are offered in the client’s home or residence, public health office, or at other community locations.
The Healthy Baby Program helps to ensure that pregnant women are referred to and receive prenatal care from a Primary Care Provider (PCP). Through home visits, public health nurses provide education and support for parents/primary caregivers. Home visiting promotes safe and healthy home environments in which children grow and develop. This program helps improve Wyoming maternal and child health outcomes.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Model
The NFP model helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies from pregnancy until the child turns two years old. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. As an evidence-based community health program, NFP’s outcomes include long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency.
NFP Goals are to improve prenatal health and outcomes, improve child health and development; and improve families’ economic self-sufficiency and/or maternal life course development. NFP is available in Sweetwater, Natrona, Carbon, Campbell, and Albany Counties.
Woman served by NFP must be a first time mother and enrollment must occur before 28 weeks of pregnancy. Priority is given to women who are at higher risk.