POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – Have you ever had questions about your child’s development? Do you want to know more about helping your child learn, grow, and develop?
A parent is a child’s first and most influential teacher. Children learn faster and more in the first three years than at any other age. By the time they turn three, 75% of the language skills that they will need as adults are already learned by children.
Southeastern Idaho Public Health has a free evidence-based Parents as Teachers home visitation program designed to offer support to parents and to provide them with information and to help build their children’s intellectual, language, social and physical development from ages birth to the age of three.
Parents as Teachers participants will be eligible for:
- A certified parent educator will visit your home monthly to support you in your parenting journey. They can also provide advice on what to do as your child grows up, what to expect, how to encourage curiosity, intellectual development, language development, and other fun activities that will help your child learn skills and get ready for school.
- Health and development screenings that focus on the child’s development and the well-being of the family to provide information and connections to supports in the community.
- Monthly group connection meetings are held where parents can talk and learn about child growth, parenting issues, and concerns. They also make connections to other families for support.
Research shows that children who are part of Parents as Teachers are happier, more capable of solving problems, have higher language and social skills, and score better on kindergarten readiness tests. Parents as Teachers currently accepts families that are pregnant or have children aged from birth to five. Visits can be held in person or virtually.
For more information about Parents as Teachers, or to sign up for the program, please contact
Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 208-239-52238 or [email protected]