Partnering with Parents

Parenting…you got this. But you don’t have to do it alone!

So what exactly is the Parenting with Parents Home Visiting Program and is it right for you?

Parent Educator Lenita Edgeworth, explains the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of the Program. Check it out below.

Who? The Easterseals Partnering with Parents program supports caregivers who are pregnant as well as families with children birth to six. A lot of exciting things happen as children grow and questions can come up along the way. Parent Educators are there as a trusted resource and also to connect you to other parents with young children in the community. It’s a totally voluntary program.

What? What does a visit look like? Well, it’s unique to each family and what they prefer. The Parent Educator will complete age-appropriate activities allowing the caregiver to see what their child can do; giving them ideas and support for other age-appropriate activities and informing them of the next age-appropriate steps of the children, but the visit will focus on whatever you would like to focus on.

Why? Because you are not alone on your parenting journey. Sometimes it might feel like it, though, and that’s why Partnering with Parents is here. It takes a village to raise a child. Every caregiver can use support to raise their children. Remembering all that is needed is tough given the daily routines, schedules, and needs of each family.

How? Parent Educators share information and support with anything that comes up including evidence-based options of health, nutrition, sleep, safety, attachment, transitions/routines, and positive discipline for each child. That’s just the beginning. The support is individualized to each family and each child.

When? 3 hours a month (2 for home visits and one for monthly group meetings). One-hour visits twice a month is easy. There are 168 hours in a week (24hrs. x 7days) and 672 hours in a month (168 hrs. x 4wks). Out of 672 hours, Parent Educators only need 3!

Where? Visits can take place in the park, at home, on the playground, online, our office…wherever! We want the caregiver and child to be as comfortable as possible during the visit.

We would love to speak with you more about the free program and enroll your family. Any questions, comments, concerns, email Michelle at mhowell@eastersealschicago.org or fill out our contact form below. We would love to hear from you. 

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