Understanding the Needs of ParentChild+ Staff and Families Participating in Virtual Home Visiting
ParentChild+ is an early childhood home visiting program that partners with historically marginalized people and underserved communities. The program’s home visiting method focuses on supporting parent engagement and interactions with their children through information and tools to promote children’s healthy development and school readiness. The ParentChild+ National Center (“the National Center”) partners with school districts, social service agencies, housing authorities, immigrant aid, and faith-based and other community-based organizations.
Already struggling under the huge weight of systemic racism, the communities that ParentChild+ works with have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The trusting relationships between Early Learning Specialists and families, and the program’s strong connections to community resources, enabled program staff to swiftly adapt their delivery to respond to families’ changing needs during the crisis. With an understanding that virtual home visiting will remain in place even post-pandemic, the ParentChild+ research team partnered with Child Trends to investigate the implementation of virtual visits and to explore a hybrid model for future practice.
Bultinck, E., Falletta, K., Stoeppelwerth, P., Crowne, S., & Hegseth, D. (2022). Understanding the needs of ParentChild+ staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Child Trends. https://doi.org/10.56417/3442g5692k