Kansas Home Visiting
Kansas offers numerous programs to support families and children, and Kansas Home Visiting helps connect families to services in their community. All of the programs and services come at no-cost to the parents, and can provide support from prenatal up until the age of five.
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.
Healthy Families America 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.
MCH Home Visiting is available for pregnant women and families with infants up to 1 year. The MCH Home Visiting program concentrates on the inherent strengths of individuals, families, groups, and organizations and includes an initial assessment, a prenatal visit, and a postpartum home visit.
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 Johnson County and Shawnee County.
Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.
Teams for Infants Exposed to Substances (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. Currently available only in Wyandotte County.