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Our Home Visitation Programs are family-strength-based prevention efforts that provide support to parents with young children. Early Advantages has 2 home visiting programs that may just meet your needs!


A new baby is a happy, welcomed addition and is a life changing experience that can sometimes cause stress. Early Advantages’ well–trained Family Support Workers can lend support when parents are unsure about what to do:

  • When you have questions about your baby and aren’t sure who to ask.

  • When the baby cries for a long time and you don’t know what’s wrong.

  • When there are many other demands on your time and resources.

  • Family Support Workers connect with families to help them navigate the challenges of parenting and to celebrate the successes!


    The science of child development shows that the foundation for sound mental health is built in the first days, months, and years of a child’s life, as early experiences—which include children’s relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers—shape the architecture of the developing brain.

    Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications. Many costly problems for society, ranging from the failure to complete high school to incarceration to homelessness, could be dramatically reduced if attention were paid to improving children’s environments of relationships and experiences early in life.

    Call our Early Advantages program to find more about how our Home Visiting programs can help: 518-563-8206, ext. 145 or ext. 134.

    Parent Aide Program

    The Parent Aide Program works with parents under stress and those school-aged children who have been referred to our program by the Department of Social Services. We offer Home Visits on a voluntary basis. The Parent Aide Worker provides assistance by developing trusting relationships with the parents and providing positive role models. The improvement in parenting and individual coping skills helps reduce the stress level of the parents while receiving other services from other agencies in the community. The Parent Aide Workers are available in times of crisis. If you are interested in volunteering as a Parent Aide Worker, just click here. If you think you might want a Parent Aide Worker to visit you, here are some questions to ask yourself:

    • Have you ever felt that for one reason or another, you have mistreated your children?

    • Do you love your children but find it hard to show them your love?

    • Do you often feel alone and depressed because you have no one to talk with?

    • Do you become severely angry with your children, even when they have done nothing wrong?

    • Were you mistreated as a child?

    If you answered, "yes," to any of these questions, a Parent Aide Worker can help.

    Parent Aide Workers can give support and understanding necessary to build the confidence needed to raise a happy, healthy and safe family.

    Contact BHSN's Parent Aide Program by calling Esther Piper at 518-563-8206, ext. 134.


    Healthy Families Clinton

    HEALTHY FAMILIES CLINTON Healthy Families Clinton is a pro-active primary prevention program. Through the screening and assessment process those families choosing to participate in home visits can expect the Family Support Worker to provide information, education and support through:

    • Listening
    • Recognizing and reinforcing family strengths
    • Strengthening the parent-child relationship
    • Working towards goals set by families
    • Assisting you to find time for self, personal and professional growth
    • Regular home visiting which embraces early literacy and school readiness

    Healthy Families Clinton

    • Is one of 36 New York State home visiting program
    • Provides in-home support and services that families can utilize to raise happy and healthy children
    • Works with prenatal and new parents in Clinton County
    • Promotes healthy child development
    • Promotes family relationship building skills
    • Promotes positive discipline alternatives
    • Provides information about a variety of topics including parenting skills

    A home visiting program that works!

    • HFNY is an evidence-based home visiting program offering services to expecting parents and new families, beginning weekly and decreasing over time, until the child starts school or Head Start.
    • Research demonstrates the critical importance of early life experiences on children’s health and development.
    • HFNY focuses on the safety of children by supporting families in targeted high risk communities.
    • Services include educating families on parenting and child development; connecting families with medical providers for prenatal/well-baby visits and immunizations; assessing children for development delays; and helping families access community referral resources and services.
    • HFNY is open to first-time parents as well as parents with multiple children, who are pregnant and/or have at least one child less than three months of age.

    Contact our Early Advantages program by calling 518-563-8206 and ask for Amy Ribeiro (ext. 145) or Esther Piper (ext. 134).

    Early Advantages is funded in part by the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting Program from the Office of Children & Family Services, and locally funded by the Clinton County Youth Bureau, and United Way of the Adirondack Region.



    Making better kids, one parent at a time

    To be safe and well, children need a child friendly environment. But what they especially need is parents who are ready to be parents.

    Improving the way people parent might seem an impossible challenge, given the competing views about what constitutes good parenting. Can we influence a behavior that is rooted in upbringing and culture, affected by stress, and occurs mainly in private?

    The answer is YES!

    Our team believes that the community which deploys its resources to evidence-based programming in early childhood is the community whose kids will succeed at higher rates... Many of our social problems like juvenile delinquency and teen pregnancy and high school dropouts can be mitigated by home visiting, early childhood education and prenatal health care.

    Are you curious to find out how we do it? Our Early Advantages team will be happy to give you more information.

    For additional information and research results please visit: www.nysfamilyresources.org

 
 
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