Programs listed on the Kansas Home Visiting website are evidence-based according to the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review http://homvee.acf.hhs.gov/, federally approved MIECHV promising approach, and federal early intervention program models.
Kansas offers several programs to support families and children from pregnancy until a child enters kindergarten. All programs are free, but some have eligibility criteria. Read about the programs below, then Find a Home Visitor Near You or Contact Kansas Home Visiting for help selecting a program for you and your family.
Early Head Start offers support for pregnant women and families with children ages 3 or younger through home visits and socialization experiences. Eligibility is based on level of income and children with special needs. Participants meet with their home visitors on a weekly basis, and also attend meetings with other parents and children.
Parents as Teachers offers support for parents and families expecting a child or with children under age three (some programs continue up to kindergarten). Home visits, group meetings, and developmental screenings help parents learn about child development and provide families with resources to keep their children healthy and engaged in learning.
Healthy Families assists new parents who are overburdened by stress. The program starts during pregnancy or after the baby arrives, and continues until the child is three to five years old. Home visits, usually once a week, and parent support groups teach families about child development and healthy parent-child relationships.
Through 36 local tiny-k programs, Kansas Infant-Toddler Services (KSITS), Part C of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a statewide program designed to enhance parent’s ability to support their children ages 0 through 2 years of age that experience disabilities or developmental delays.
Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse (TIES) provides home-based services to pregnant and postpartum women, 18 years of age and older, and their families affected by alcohol or other drugs until the child is two years old. TIES Specialists offer support for substance abuse treatment, supportive counseling, child health and development, parenting education, and connection to other community services. Currently available only in Wyandotte County.
The Nurse-Family Partnership program offers support to low-income, first-time mothers from pregnancy until their baby is 2 years old. Trained nurses visit mothers at home to answer questions about pregnancy and parenting, help mothers to have a healthy pregnancy, and teach mothers about child development. Currently available only in Shawnee County.