The Nevada Public Health Foundation (NPHF) worked with the statewide partnerships as part of a collaborative effort to ensure the needs of Nevada’s children are met through the education initiatives below.
The Nevada Home Visiting Program is a service offered to support positive parenting, develop nurturing homes and promote healthy child development through regular home visits by trained professionals through the Nevada Department of Public and Behavioral Health. This program exists to develop and promote a state-wide coordinated system of evidence-based home visiting that supports healthy child development and ensures the safety of young children and family members. NPHF is one of their partners to help reach their intended outcomes mentioned below.
- Develop a state-wide infrastructure to support home visiting and agencies who administer home visiting programs.
- Provide training and technical assistance to local home visiting agencies.
- Improve the quality of home visiting services by incorporating Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) principles in the administration of Nevada Home Visiting and in its relationships with its partners.
- Improve the coordination and referrals to community resources and support these resources through interaction and collaboration with public and private organizations.
- Develop a home visiting database to facilitate the reporting, tracking, and analysis of home visiting program outcomes, CQI measures, and model fidelity.
- Assist funded home visiting agencies to focus their efforts on the National MIECHV benchmarks, which include:
- Improvements in Maternal and Newborn Health
- Prevention of Child Injuries, Child Abuse, Neglect, or Maltreatment and Reduction of Emergency Department Visits
- Improvements in School Readiness and Achievement
- Reduction in Crime or Domestic Violence
- Improvements in Family Economic Self-Sufficiency
- Coordination and Referrals for Other Community Resources and Supports
The Nevada Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office to enhance Nevada’s early comprehensive childhood system (ECCS). The work of Head Start and ECCS enhances relationships, builds systems, and promotes comprehensive quality services to meet the needs of young children and their families. The office Head Start State Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems exists through the Department of Education. Currently, this program is leading efforts to build a comprehensive system of early childhood services across the state, so all children can enter school ready to learn.
Intended outcomes for Nevada’s children include the following:
- All children are supported and ready to make a successful transition to school.
- All children have access to early childhood services that are accredited or meet national standards
- Parents know child development
- Parents know what to expect from programs and advocate for their children or self
- Families partner in decision making at all levels and are satisfied with the services they receive
- Families with young children are supported in their communities (employment, education, etc)
- All children have access to medical home and health insurance
- Social, emotional, mental health and developmental needs of young children & their families are supported by community-based services
- Early childhood service provider workforce stabilizes
- Early childhood workforce receives professional development to ensure quality services for all children (e.g. mental health, disabilities, etc.)
- More families report that community-based services are organized so they can use them easily