Volume 05, Issue 2 — August 2020

In our Healthy Families Delaware program, we started working with a young mother while she was pregnant. She shared her story with her Family Support Specialist (FSS), describing how her childhood was filled with housing insecurity. Thankfully, she was able to find housing right before enrolling in our program. She also revealed that because of her housing situation she had to let the father of her son take him full time. Her FSS listened to the mom’s story without judgment and encouraged her to have consistent contact with her son and to dream about how she wanted her life to be. Over the last few months of her pregnancy, her FSS talked to her about breastfeeding and being consistent with her prenatal appointments. After giving birth to her daughter, the mom was able to breastfeed with confidence. She had her baby in the beginning of March, right before the stay-at-home order was issued. She focused on getting her GED — a goal she set while pregnant — and working with her FSS. After getting her GED, she was able to participate in a temporary nurse aide program and will be starting work very soon. This mom is creating a healthy environment for her children to thrive in, and she is able to see how putting one foot in front of the other moves her from dreaming to accomplishing her goals. 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, your continued outreach to mothers, children, and families in Delaware is more important, and more appreciated, than ever. We have a list of resources available to you, so you can continue to do your best work.

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Wrap-Around Training Postponed for Now

During COVID-19, in-person Home Visitor learning is on hold. We’re looking into solutions such as Zoom online sessions, webinars with follow-up discussion, and other safe options. We’ll share details ASAP. 

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Data Digest from Vik

Check out the accomplishments of our MIECHV program. And be sure to complete our online Needs Assessment survey by August 31. It takes just five minutes and helps improve our services for Delaware children and families.

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Parents As Teachers, Christina School District, and Stubbs Dual Generation Center

Learn how Thomasina, a local mom, was able to earn her GED when her PAT educator and the PAT program moved into Stubbs Dual Generation Center.

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Sharing Positive Things: A Pandemic Partnership

Hear firsthand from our visiting nurses about how the Nurse-Family Partnership program is making telehealth and video visits more positive and productive for Delaware families.  

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Christiana Care Health Ambassadors Helping Families in Need

Family needs don’t disappear during a pandemic. See how we continue to provide valuable services and information — including safe drop-offs of emergency items such as car safety seats for children — to improve the lives of underserved people. 

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Westside Health Ambassadors Serving Moms-to-Be and Babies

COVID-19 may prevent Westside Family Healthcare from making in-home visits. But we are providing prenatal, labor and birth information, infant safe-sleep guidance, healthy eating tips, and more, via virtual Lunch & Learns on Zoom.

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Parents as Teachers Virtually Encouraging Creativity

Even as we continue to deliver “Learning Bags” with baby-bedtime-routine materials and activities, as well as drop off nonperishable foods on families’ doorsteps, participation in our online PAT programs — such as Storytime and Music, Stay and Play, and Mommy & Me — continues to climb.  

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New Directions Early Head Start, New Focuses on Family Socialization

This article offers a new series of online socialization opportunities for families, from the stress-reduction benefits of mindfulness for children and parents to healthier eating and using our five senses to applying science in our outdoor gardens.

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Save the Date: Home Visiting Community Advisory Board (HVCAB) virtual meeting, October 26, 2020 from 9 to 11 a.m.
GoToMeeting link will be provided closer to the scheduled date.

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