Brighter Beginnings has launched a new home visiting program to improve parenting skills and prevent child abuse in Richmond and San Pablo. Called “Hello Baby,” the program matches at-risk parents with trained professionals who provide information, education, and support from pregnancy until children turn two – children’s most critical developmental years.
Research shows that home visiting programs can improve maternal and child health, reduce child maltreatment, increase parental employment, and improve the rate at which children reach developmental milestones. Based on this research, even President Obama has requested more federal funding to expand home visiting services for low-income children and families. Continue reading