COVINGTON, Ky. — The 2020 cohort of The 410, a Northern Kentucky giving circle hosted by Horizon Community Funds, has selected Learning Grove to receive its 2020 grant of $16,000 for their Young Families Program.
The funds from this grant award will be used to support the home visitation program at Learning Grove, which serves 100 parents in Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties who are expecting a child or who have recently had a child. Parents receive monthly visits from Learning Grove’s home visitors from the time they enroll until the child’s third birthday.
During these visits, parents receive information on having a healthy pregnancy and delivery, educational opportunities to foster brain development for their child, and home visitors empower parents to be their child’s first teacher.
Over the course of the last nine months, home visitors have had to severely modify how they deliver high-quality services addressing family health and well-being while also supporting children’s development. The team’s creative approach includes gathering materials and dropping kits off to families that are then reviewed and discussed over the phone, via Zoom or FaceTime.
The Young Families Program home visitation program serves 100 parents expecting a child or who have recently had a child. Young Families utilizes the Kentucky HANDS and Success by Six’s proven, results-driven model to ensure an optimal start in life physically, emotionally, and cognitively.
The program provides support to parents during the first 1,000 days of their child’s life, the most critical in their development, as 80 percent of brain development occurs before the age of 3. Additionally, the program has been a success factor in lowering the region’s high infant mortality rate.
The program seeks to ensure healthy births, promote optimal health and development, strengthen parent-child interactions, and help families build the tools for self-sufficiency. Participants are eligible for the program if they are experiencing poverty, past trauma, premature births, along with other risk factors.