Home Visits

home visit

HIGH IMPACT STUDENT, TEACHER AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

What if the most important adults in a child’s life were on the same page, working together toward the student’s success?

Home Visits build relationships, skills, and engagement for families, educators, and students from K to 12th grade. Experience and research from all over the United States show that the interaction with the student's family at their home is a very effective way to help student's academic and behavioral progress. Home visits improve the communication between student, parent, and teacher which in return contributes to student success. Aligned with this, we start home visits before the first day of school and continue throughout the school year. Home visits are very effective in order to build real relationships between home and school — all in support of our common goal, our kids’ success.

What is a home visit?

Home Visits are a fast, inexpensive and replicable strategy for engaging families, educators, and students as a team. For years, research has shown that families are essential to student and school success. It seems simple – so why do schools have a hard time with effective family engagement?

Experts agree that there’s more to family involvement than bake sales and back to school night. Effective family engagement builds relationships and capacity and is linked to student learning. We understand the importance of families run into complex barriers that get in the way of partnership:

  • There may be a historic lack of trust and communication between the school and the community.
  • Cultural and socioeconomic differences, expectations and unconscious assumptions may get in the way of well-meaning adults working together effectively.

Once done with the home visit, all parties are mutually supportive and accountable to each other. The family is better able to support their child’s academics, and the teacher brings what s/he learns about the child to the classroom.

Home visits also provide a positive opportunity to meet federal and state mandates that families be meaningfully informed of their child’s academic standing. In fact, our home visit program is recognized by the US Department of Education as a high-impact strategy for family engagement.

Home visits can be on weekdays after school or on the weekend. Depending on our teachers' availability at least two teachers will come for the home visit. During the home visit, both parties get to know each other in a casual environment. A family picture with the teachers will be taken, with the consent of parents, to put on our website.

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