From the Flint Hills to the prairie, Kansas is a state of wide-open vistas and a land rich in potential, with plenty of room to grow and explore.
Yet for some Kansans, the landscape of daily life is harder to navigate.
Factors like poverty, illness, lack of education, and traumatic early experiences can hold back entire families, leaving them stranded by their current circumstances instead of moving forward. Without additional guidance, they might never reach their full potential as parents, or as members of a community.
Home visiting can help provide a foundation for Kansas families.
Evidence based home visiting programs increase school readiness and build critical pre-literacy skills, improve maternal and child health, strengthen the bond between a parent and child, support healthy and developmentally thriving children and increase family self-sufficiency. During 2016, home visiting programs had served 15,191 Kansas families.
Home Visiting in Kansas helps create more opportunities for children, expanding the horizons for all families.
Home Visiting in Kansas includes several evidence-based and universal home visiting programs and approaches to support families and children from pregnancy until a child enters kindergarten. Home visiting is a voluntary program that involves meeting with a trained, family-support professional at a time convenient for families. Home visitors provide new or expecting parents with resources to keep themselves and their children safe, healthy, and nurtured.
Landscape information has been compiled for the Kansas Home Visiting Leadership Group by the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research and is based on Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program and other statewide home visiting data.
Click here to view the presentation from the 2017 Home Visiting Forum.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program FY’15 Competitive Grant to States (Grant # D89MC28269, $9.4 million) awarded to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by KDHE, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.