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Nfn breakfast

  1. 1. Coaltion for Nurturing Families Network Breakfast for Champions November 1, 2011 BRAMS Hall, New Haven, CT
  2. 2. What is Nurturing Families Network? <ul><li>Nurturing Families Network is the states’ only coordinated statewide system of home visiting. We work in partnership with parents by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building upon their strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing information and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offering parent education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating community connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Federal government has outlined seven performance measure for effective home visiting. Nurturing Families Network meets them all. </li></ul>
  3. 3. #1: Improvement in Maternal Health <ul><li>Women who enter the program prenatally by at least two months have a 7% rate of low birth weight. </li></ul><ul><li>The CT average is 10.5% </li></ul>
  4. 4. #2: Improvement in Child Health    <ul><li>Our goals are to promote healthy childhood growth and development. </li></ul><ul><li>98% of children in NFN had a pediatric care physician for ongoing care. </li></ul><ul><li>The immunization rates for two year olds in NFN are 96% compared to 66% for two year olds with a similar demographic background on Medicaid. </li></ul>
  5. 5. #3: Improvement in Child Development and School Readiness <ul><li>95% of children enrolled in the Nurturing Families Network home visiting program demonstrate normal development. </li></ul><ul><li>This rate of 5% of possible developmental delays of Nurturing Families children is much lower than the 9.5% - 14.2% of demonstrated developmental delays or social and emotional problems in a similar population reported by The National Center for Children in Poverty. </li></ul>
  6. 6. #4: Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect    <ul><li>The rate of substantiated child abuse and neglect in the high-risk families participating in Nurturing Families was ONLY 2% in 2010, compared to 20%-25% for similar high-risk families not participating in this type of program.   </li></ul>
  7. 7. #5: Improvement of Parenting Skills and Behaviors <ul><li>Mothers participating in the Nurturing Families Home Visiting program show statistically significant positive change in parental behaviors and attitudes. </li></ul>
  8. 8. #6: Reduction in Crime or Domestic Violence <ul><li>The rate of domestic violence among mothers participating in Nurturing Families Network dropped significantly from 2.4% at program entry to 1% after one year. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1% of participating mothers who reported domestic violence relationship at one-year did not report such relationship at the time of program entry. </li></ul>
  9. 9.   #7: Improved Coordination of Resources of Community Supports <ul><li>New Haven NFN includes hospitals, non-profit agencies, community based clinics and the city’s Health Department. Together they form a tight partnership as one whole system of care, based on ongoing collaboration and coordination between the various sites and between the various components of the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers participating in Nurturing Families made significant improvements on the Community Life Skills Scale (CLS), indicating increased knowledge on how to access community resources and reduction in social isolation. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Nurturing Connections Program <ul><li>Screens all first time mothers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides services to lower risk mothers for three to six months after child’s birth </li></ul><ul><li>Provides information on child development and parenting, refers parents to needed community services </li></ul>
  11. 11. Intensive Home-Visiting Services <ul><li>Trained home visitors provide services for higher risk families for a maximum of 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>Provide parenting education using highly regarded curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Develop individualized action plan with parents assess child development </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to community programs </li></ul><ul><li>Actively engage fathers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Intensive Home-Visiting Services
  13. 13. Develop individualized action plan with parents assess child development Connect to community programs A Short Story <ul><li>Once upon a time there was a little girl, “Ina,” who had to kneel on rice on her bare knees when she was naughty. </li></ul><ul><li>Ina grew up to have a little boy of her own, “Marco.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ina was a young first time parent with very few resources and support. </li></ul><ul><li>She enrolled in Nurturing Families Home Visiting. </li></ul><ul><li>Her home visitor, Maribel, would come to her house every week until Marco went to Kindergarten. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>One day when Marco was about 18 months old and being very busy exploring his world and testing his mother’s limits, as toddlers do, Maribel went to their home for a visit. </li></ul><ul><li>A box of rice was sitting on the table. </li></ul><ul><li>Marco was upset and crying. </li></ul><ul><li>Ina was frustrated and angry. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>When Maribel left… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the rice was in the pantry cupboard, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ina and Marco were reading a book together, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marco had a special place where he could sit and take a time out from misbehaving. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Nurturing Fathering Program <ul><li>Children who have a nurturing and involved father are likely to be happy, have good social skills, do well in school and be more likely to avoid high-risk behaviors. </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach to fathers in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Home visiting for first-time fathers </li></ul><ul><li>Fathers groups for all fathers, regardless of their children’s ages </li></ul><ul><li>In 2010, Nurturing Families programs in New Haven provided gender-specific home visiting and group services to fifty fathers. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Nurturing Parenting Groups <ul><li>Are facilitated using a variety of evidence based curricula. The type of group is determined by the community needs and interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Nurturing Group for children also offered </li></ul>

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