Early Childhood advocates including mothers, fathers, and children, met with delegates, senators and legislative aides from their local districts this month. Constituents from across Virginia gathered at the General Assembly for Early Childhood Advocacy Day with one simple message: home visiting to high needs families with young children changes lives, two generations at a time.
Not all families have the experience or support to provide basic parenting skills. Family Lifeline, like the other participating organizations, works with these families caught in the cycle of poverty that are committed to creating a better life for their children and themselves. Intervening early, using proven home visitation best practices, Registered Nurses, social workers, and parent educators working hand in hand with parents, preparing them to be their children’s first and most important teacher. Our team provides families with parenting education and support to help promote parental involvement and strengthen each family’s ability to move toward self-sufficiency and to provide a stable environment where children grow up healthy, safe, ready to learn and ready to succeed.
For many attendees this was their first meeting with an elected official. Family Lifeline made a total of 11 visits to state delegates and senators who support early childhood home visiting. Staff thanked the legislators for their past support and explained why home visitation works. Parents told their stories about where they were before entering early childhood programs and how their lives have changed. Thanks to Families Forward for coordinating the effort!