First3Years To Provide Training for Home Visiting Program
As part of their ongoing efforts to support infants and toddlers throughout the state, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and First3Years have partnered up to support professionals in the Texas Home Visiting program.
Texas Home Visiting is a free program that helps parents during pregnancy and throughout a child’s first 5 years by sending trained professionals to their home to provide information and support. The goal of the program is to help parents around the state have improved pregnancy and child health outcomes; cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children; parenting skills; and child safety.
To support those goals, First3Years has been contracted to work with the HHSC to present six 2-day mini-conferences around the state to train professionals in the Texas Home Visiting program.
Jes Fyall, Training Manager for First3Years, along with Katie Compton, a Certified Family Life Educator and Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, will conduct the trainings over the next four months in Dallas, Lubbock, San Marcos, McAllen, Houston, and Odessa. Training topics include:
- Social-Emotional Development for Infants/Toddlers
- Impact of Toxic Stress on the Developing Child (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- Cultural Sensitivity and working with non-English speaking families
- Importance of Self-Care for Compassionate Providers
“By providing mentoring and modeling, home visitors compassionately help parents and caregivers build capacity to support their own children,” said Jes Fyall. “Parents look to their home visitor as an expert on their child’s development. It is imperative that we equip these professionals with a strong theory-based foundation, so they can focus on building the relationship in practice with their families.”
Providing training support for the Home Visiting program is an important part of the First3Years mission to educate, advocate, and collaborate to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers. First3Years is proud to support this program to provide assistance to so many across the state.