Do you remember your newborn baby?! Now imagine what it would be like to go through that if you were younger than 21, living in poverty, and maybe suffering from anxiety or depression. That’s how it is for millions of new moms every year and why mother and infant home visit programs are so valuable and efficient. And such a good investment of your giving dollar.
I remember our first child; and I got to do the easier part, the Dad — three times as a matter of fact. The experiences of having a newborn were joyful, sometimes chaotic, wonderful, and stressful and that is why the topic of early childhood programs is one close to my heart.
Voluntary home visiting programs pair families looking for additional support and mentoring with trained home visitors such as nurses and social workers. Home visitors meet with families at home, from pregnancy to their child’s kindergarten entry, to help lay the foundation for the health, education, and economic self-sufficiency of the entire family.
One of the most important reasons we created Giving Compass is to connect you to the good research and experience that exists to inform your giving. We know a lot more about what works and it’s one of the key ways we can help you be an Impact Giver. The value of investing in home visiting during early childhood has been proven time and again, most recently by a Nobel laureate.
After a series of home visits stretching from pregnancy to the baby’s second birthday, data indicated that mental health and parenting attitudes in the homes of participants were improved; that boys and girls both saw enhanced cognitive skills by age 6 relative to the control group.
There’s lots more evidence of how important early childhood is all over Giving Compass. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the latest research, you can do that here. And there are giving groups in many cities that focus on early childhood like Social Venture Partners in Seattle.
I remember like it was yesterday the help we needed with each of our newborns and the feeling of relief and 24/7 support when grandma and grandpa showed up, Whatever walk of life we come from, parents of newborns need that kind of support and if they have trouble finding the right help, mother & infant home visiting programs can make a world of difference from the very start.
Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International
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