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The blog is a forum for sharing news, opinions and best practices related to maternal and infant health, early child development, healthy families and healthy communities in Delaware.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe — and Effective — for Moms and Moms to Be

October 13, 2021

When it comes to the health and happiness of her child, a mom questions everything. Especially in the first few years. The more a mom knows, the better she can protect her child and provide proper nurturing — from the moment she is pregnant until her baby is born and through early childhood. So it’s[…..]

ChristianaCare Health Ambassadors on the Go!

October 6, 2021

The ChristianaCare Health Ambassadors are always on the go to help families any way they can. Breanna Thomas has been active with tabling community events to provide outreach to educate families and community members about the program. They did a backpack giveaway and provided outreach at the New Castle County Farmers’ Market and a vaccination[…..]

Healthy Families Delaware Shares Success Stories

October 6, 2021

https://www.cffde.org/hfa ​We continue to be amazed by the extraordinary families we work with throughout our statewide Healthy Families Delaware (HFD) program. So we are celebrating three moms who have persevered despite their challenges and are truly a testament to the word RESILIENCY. Mom has been a consistent partner with HFD for two years. She’s been[…..]

Let’s Get Outside! New Directions Early Head Start Hosts Outdoor Play Groups

October 6, 2021

NDEHS held a series of outdoor groups this summer! Families gathered on the playground and engaged in activities planned by the staff. It was good for everyone to be able to be in the same space and outside! More outdoor groups are planned for the early fall. Lori, our Stand By Me Coach, has been presenting at these[…..]

Have You Seen the New COVID-19 Resources Provided by Head Start?

October 6, 2021

View the latest videos and information on COVID-19 vaccines and precautions for kids, families, staff, teachers, and more. Learn about smart safety measures we all can take at home, in class, and especially in person. COVID-19: Health Considerations | ECLKC (hhs.gov) Need tips for talking to families about COVID-19? Check out this one-page handout! Tips[…..]

Home Visiting Champion of the Quarter

October 6, 2021

I would like to nominate Kristi Gamuciello-Smith. She is the assistant program manager, a wife, and a mom of at least six kids — and anyone else who enters her home. She was a rock star prior to COVID-19, and during the pandemic, she’s been a rock of support for home visitors and families alike. She carries a[…..]

Tamara Hackett Swain with the Christina PAT Shares Success Story

October 6, 2021

This was a graduation speech written by a mom who was a client of the Christina Parents as Teachers program. Her home visitor was Tamara Hackett Swain, whom the client asked to pin her at her graduation ceremony. My story begins in 2006, with the birth of my oldest daughter, Ja’Niyah, and a move from[…..]

Check Out the New Delaware Parents as Teachers Promotional Video!

October 6, 2021

Congratulations to Delaware Parents as Teachers for creating an amazing video that portrays exactly what makes the Parents as Teachers program so successful!  Thank you to the home visitors and families who were willing to share their stories.  

Data Digest from Vik

October 6, 2021

The Delaware MIECHV-funded home visiting program, which consists of CFF/HFA and several of the PAT sites, recently completed another quarter of services and reporting. As of June 30, 2021, the program continues to support approximately 400 households, and it fares well on many of the process measures involving the early childhood setting and referrals. These[…..]

Home Visitor Wrap-Around Training Update

October 6, 2021

In response to suggestions, you all offered, these wrap-around training sessions are currently scheduled for 2021-22.  Late November / early December: How to Have a Difficult Conversation (three-hour session) March: Resiliency and Self-Care (two-hour session) Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (delayed until we can meet in person) Refresher on Motivational Interviewing (delayed until we can meet[…..]