CC4C - Care Coordination for Children
Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) is designed to help families improve health outcomes of their children birth to 5. You will work with a CC4C Care Manager, who is a Nurse or Social Worker. How often your Care Manager has home visits and how long they work with you will vary based on your child and family needs. Your Care Manager will look at the current and ongoing medical issues for your child and the needs and concerns of your family to set up a plan of care and a schedule for contacts based on your individual family situation. CC4C Care Managers will work closely with your child’s doctor to help you keep medical appointments and follow medical advice. CC4C is offered by Wake County Human Services.
Head Start Home Visiting Programs
Telamon’s Head Start Home Visiting program provides home visiting for pregnant women and children, birth to five. Home visitors and parents work as partners to reach goals. Staff make home visits with pregnant mothers once a month (up to four visits a month if needed), focusing on prenatal education to prepare mothers for pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum recovery. Staff make 90-minute weekly home visits for infants and children and their work with families is focused on teaching parents to support optimal development for young children and school readiness for older children. As part of the services, your family may receive: developmental screening, ongoing observation and assessment, and curriculum planning, medical, dental, and mental health. Telamon also offers Group Connections, where a group of families come together to socialize and work on child growth and development, parenting, and the parent-child relationship. Prenatal socialization experiences are also offered for pregnant moms.
HIPPY - Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a no cost, 3-year, home-based, early childhood education program for parents with preschool age children. HIPPY’s goal is to help parents prepare their children for success in school and in life. The program serves parents of children ages 3-5 years, who have limited access to transportation, may have limited formal education, and/or may have limited English proficiency.
Home visitors use weekly home visits to empower HIPPY parents to feel confident in their role as the primary teacher to their child. In the visits, parents learn and practice new skills and techniques and then work with their children 15-20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Parent group meetings are also offered. Group meetings allow parents to come together and share their experiences.
Language Is the Key
Language is the Key encourages language and reading skills of preschool-aged children in a weekly parent-child group. Groups run in 10 week sessions throughout the year and are offered in locations across Wake County. Parents learn strategies to support their child’s language development so that they have tools to help their children on the path to reading. Parents do not need to be experts in reading to motivate their children to read and develop creative thought and speech. These weekly sessions follow the Dialogic Reading Model, which includes exchanging age-appropriate books and teaching parents a method of reading and playing with their children that develops their child’s verbal and reading skills in preparation for kindergarten.
NFP - Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence based intensive home visiting program that serves first time, at risk mothers and their families. The main program goals are to improve your pregnancy outcome, improve your child’s growth and development and to improve your economic self-sufficiency. The program is based on supporting the client as the expert on her own life. NFP is voluntary and works best when the client and the nurse build a collaborative relationship.
PAT - Parents As Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a free and voluntary early learning program for parents with children birth to kindergarten age. Certified PAT parent educators will visit you in your home twice a month and can talk about your questions and concerns and give you tips on ways you can help your child learn. Ideas and information are shared on play activities that help you teach your child to be ready for school. PAT Parent Educators can also help you with questions that you may have about parenting. Parent Educators help families understand child development and encourage their children to become enthusiastic learners. Home visiting, group connections, screening, and referral are all part of the program. PAT is a Smart Start funded program offered by Project Enlightenment, Wake County Public School System.
SecurePath is a comprehensive mental health service for young children in Wake County. Our staff offers mental health assessments, interventions, and therapy for children birth to five years old and their parents who need help with their child’s social or emotional challenges. Typically, clinicians meet with the caregiver(s) and child(ren) weekly at the family’s home to address the concerns that the caregiver has identified. Services are provided in English and Spanish. The SecurePath program is offered by the Lucy Daniels Center.
Supporting School Readiness
Supporting School Readiness offers rising kindergarteners the opportunity to attend a FREE facilitated playgroup session using the Second Step Early Learning Program. Children will learn skills for school success by attending a facilitated playgroup twice a week for 14 weeks. Each week, children will participate in large and small group activities, enjoy a light snack, and receive learning materials to use in their homes. During the sessions, parents and siblings must remain on site and meet with a parent educator for group discussions focused on how to get ready for kindergarten.
Welcome Baby pairs new moms with volunteer mentors who can work with them starting during their pregnancy through baby’s first year. All mentors are experienced mothers who receive training from a Registered Nurse. Volunteer mentor mothers support and encourage first time moms through home visits and telephone contacts. They provide friendship, support, and information to help moms care for their newborns and promote optimal growth and development for their child. The Welcome Baby program is offered by SAFEChild.