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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.

COVID-19 Resource Guides for Parents/Caregivers/Professionals, in English and Spanish

December 21, 2020

Caring for Children During a Crisis: Toolkit for Parents & Caregivers [English] View online Caring for Children During a Crisis: Toolkit for Parents & Caregivers [Spanish] Download or view online (PDF, 7.35 MB) Prevention During a Crisis: Toolkit for Child-Serving Professionals [English] View online Prevention During a Crisis: Toolkit for Child-Serving Professionals [Spanish] Download or[…..]

Just Released: 2020 Home Visiting Yearbook, Including Delaware Profile and MIECHV Table

December 21, 2020

Please check out the release of the 2020 Home Visiting Yearbook, published by the National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC). Follow these links to see the profile for Delaware: Your state profile and state MIECHV data table  

New Castle County Parents as Teachers Mom Is a True Inspiration to Us All!

December 21, 2020

Christine Stoops, the statewide co-state leader for Parents as Teachers, had a conversation with TaLisha Grzyb — a Parents as Teachers mom, an author, and a disability influencer — that she shared below. Ms. Grzyb is excited to share her message on as many platforms as possible. TaLisha Grzyb has three sons under the age of[…..]

Success Stories from Help Me Grow 2-1-1 Call Center

December 21, 2020

I was making some follow-up calls. We just check to see if the caller was able to get assistance with their need — or in the case of home visiting, to make sure they have spoken with the program and to see how it’s going. I received two great follow-ups this morning that I would[…..]

Delaware Early Childhood Center Kicks Off Community of Practice Around Self-Care, Focusing on the Important Work Home Visitors Do!

December 21, 2020

Delaware Early Childhood Center (DECC) focused on home visitors in November, with our kickoff of the Community of Practice around self-care. Home visitors from University of Delaware Early Head Start joined as well! Staff were encouraged to share and complete the NAMI self-care checklist. They discussed how to set a self-care smart goal. All participants[…..]

Nurse-Family Partnership Making Virtual Learning Fun: Pajamas, Pumpkins, and Prevention of Smoking

December 21, 2020

During our remote status, we’ve continued to have virtual team meetings/case conferences twice a month since mid-March. As September approached, we recognized that we had become COVID-tired and needed to switch things up a little. Our team meeting on October 21, 2020, was transformed into a Pajamas, Pumpkins, and Prevention of Smoking theme. Yes, we[…..]

HOME VISITING CHAMPION OF THE QUARTER: Flower Habte-Burton

December 21, 2020

We would like to shine the light on a home visiting champion, Flower Habte-Burton, who just celebrated eight years at Children & Families First. Flower is dedicated to her role as a family support specialist. She works with her families with respect, care, and compassion. She is always looking for a way to support families[…..]

Children & Families First and Healthy Families Delaware

December 21, 2020

This year has been full of adjustments, and our Healthy Families Delaware (HFD) home visitors have been excellent champions in supporting families by building strong relationships, connecting families with resources, and engaging families with creative activities. We’ve received consistent guidance from Healthy Families America in navigating this unexpected work environment. In doing so, they have[…..]

Parents as Teachers, Christina School District, and the Stubbs Dual Generation Center: A True Success Story

December 21, 2020

As a certified parent educator, Lisa has worked with a young mom of two (a 3-year-old and a 2-month-old) who is finishing up her CNA classes. Mom has had many challenges. Her mom abused drugs, and her father was an alcoholic. And as a result, this young woman went through the foster system as a child. Lisa[…..]

Data Digest from Vik

December 21, 2020

MIECHV Needs Assessment As part of the five-year federally mandated needs assessment for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) requests that state grantees determine clearly defined geographic regions that are at higher risk for adverse health and socio-demographic characteristics. For the 2020 MIECHV needs assessment,[…..]