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Why Nurse-Family Partnership Babies Perform Better in School

Posted in:Home Visiting


What happens when first-time mothers like Sinai Herrera receive guidance and encouragement from a support system to spend ample time with their little one? That child’s cognitive development and school readiness improves. When you take the time to teach children from day one, you support them to have a healthy development. For new mothers of low-income, providing the best start for a child’s life is often a challenge. Acquiring the power to seek help, Sinai Herrera changed the pathway of her son’s life.

The first few years are important for the development of a child’s brain. They learn to recognize faces, emotions, and sounds—moving from coos and ahhs to forming words and sentences. They are constantly observing and rapidly growing. By age three, about three-quarters of a child’s brain has already been developed. The impact made on a child during their first few years of life is crucial.

Many children born into low-income families are limited to resources that often provide exponential growth during childhood. Ultimately, this lack of resources will affect how well a child performs during higher education. Nurse-Family Partnership, a vital service, supports low-income mothers. Receiving advice from experts on parenting, child milestones, or self-reliance correlates with many long-term benefits. The in-home counseling service gave Sinai Herrera that empowerment and self-determination to give her son a brighter future. They are the future of tomorrow!

The Nurse-family partnership, part of Delaware’s Home Visiting Program, is a free program offered to qualified low-income families. Dial 2-1-1 to enroll in home visting.

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