Rukia Ahmed, B.A., Early Learning Programs Manager
In June 2019, The Sheeko, Sheeko Xariir home visiting, was launched into the community. The program promotes maternal health to help the mother find a set schedule to get her children, reduces stress by having our monthly parents lead conversations that allow participants to share what is working for them and their de-stress methods. This program also monitors the progress of children’s development by providing parent advising, referrals, screenings, and guidance to navigate parenting.
Home visiting is a method of service delivery. It is a way to offer support, guidance, information, and child development services directly to families in their homes—home visits and socialization activities designed to allow children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally.
Home visiting is unique because it offers families the opportunity to get the support they want in their own homes. Home visiting allows you to use the home environment to help parents create rich learning opportunities that build on everyday routines and support their child’s development.
Parents will have opportunities to learn from each other about child development, gain leadership skills, and create a space whereby the learning approach and hoping this will increase the parent’s resiliency; this will occur every month throughout the program. Parents will challenge to take upon the leadership skills by leading some of our monthly discussions. Parents come together to develop leadership skills and leading different topics of what comes to mind. The length of the meeting is in the process of being determined. Village Circle is to reinforce peer to peer learning. Village Circles is a way for the program to develop centralized resources of community partners that provide social and emotional support for the family that participates in our program. We encourage families to join us and have a conversation with their community members who are experts in their field about various topics that the families/parents would like to address.
Source: Adapted from Head Start ELCH Home Visitor Handbook
90 Minutes: Socializing
30 Minutes: Parent Share Time.
15 Minutes: Q.A. Wrap-Up Time
45 Minutes: Parent Child Development Knowledge Training