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Meeting Families Where They Live

Conducting home visits allows educators to better understand a child’s home environment, establish strong relationships with families, share tools and strategies that support families in learning about child development, emphasize parents’ role in being their child’s first teachers, and identify ways to incorporate a family’s culture into the child care setting.

by Mary Newnam Block

Emily has just started working with a new infant and toddler program, after having provided care for infants and toddlers for many years. One of the ways this program shares information with families is through home visiting. Emily has never been on a home visit before, and is a little nervous and skeptical about what to expect. The director pairs her with a more experienced staff member who shadows her on a few home visits before Emily attempts one on her own. Once Emily makes a few visits alone, she is surprised and pleased by how much useful information she gains about the children and families she works with. She finds herself looking forward to these visits as a new and valuable part of her work.

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