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Policy

Home visits (Combo model) are planned with families to help them provide learning opportunities that enhance their child’s growth and development. Over the course of a month, home visits contain elements of all Head Start program components.

Procedure

  1. Staff will schedule approximately two home visits each month for a minimum of 17 visits across the program year
    1. Visits will be scheduled for 1.5 hrs for each visit.
    2. Visits that are cancelled by staff will be rescheduled as needed to meet the required minimum.
    3. When conducting home visits with an interpreter, staff will go over material to be discussed before the contact takes place.
  2. At each home visit, staff will plan the content of the subsequent home visit with the family.
    1. Home visits will be planned and documented using the Home Visit Plan form and placed in child’s site file.
    2. Visits will be documented in WebCAF
  3. Home visit activities will assist family in the use of the home as the child’s primary learning environment to enhance their child’s growth and development.
  4. At home visits, parents will be offered opportunities to improve their parenting skills.
  5. Each home visit will include:
    1. Greeting child & family
    2. Parent/Child Activity
      1. Makes use of materials readily available in home to the extent feasible
      2. Provides opportunities for child to work on targeted skills/goals as determined by developmental assessment.
    3. On-going monitoring related to all program components (i.e., education, disabilities, health, nutrition, family services) such as:
      1. Screening results & Referral follow up
      2. Immunizations
      3. Assessment updates
      4. IFSP follow up
    4. Parent time
      1. Family Partnership Plan & goals
      2. Information and Referrals
    5. Planning with Parent for following visit.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standards Sect.1306.34 (a)(2), 1306.34 (a)(4), 1306.34 (c)(1), 1306.34 (c)(2), 1306.33 (b)

Policy Council approved September 2013