Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters is a nationally certified home visitation program and is provided in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The goal is to encourage and support families in their child’s early education by providing weekly home visits, literacy materials and linkages to community resources. The Baldwin County Program includes a Spanish language version of the curriculum serving a small group of migrant families.
The First Teacher Program provides bi-weekly home visits to families with children birth to five, living in underserved communities in efforts to improve health and developmental outcomes for at risk children. The program utilizes an evidence based model (Parents As Teachers) and includes services and resources aimed at improved health, child maltreatment prevention, child wellness, and school readiness. Parent Educators provide case management, information, support and encouragement to families to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. The program is funded by Department of Children’s Affairs and is provided in Mobile and Monroe Counties.
Preschoolers from all areas of Mobile and Baldwin County are visited by Goodwill Easterseals staff and community volunteers for a “Read to Me” story time on Friday mornings. Screened volunteers read to children and help them with an art activity that is based on the reading. Each child receives their own copy of the book with a take-home “Parent Packet” that includes suggestions on how parents can engage children when reading. In a separate Family Literacy program, Goodwill Easterseals partners with Family Promise to conduct family storytimes, to provide books, art activities and supplies to homeless families in the Mobile area. The goal is to increase protective factors for families by providing social connections and by supporting literacy skills that are essential to the development of a family.