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Home Visits

Free Home Visits support families with young children

As every parent knows, raising a child comes with many challenges. But what many families might not realize is that MPS’ Early Childhood Education Department provides free consultations with licensed parent educators to help families as they raise their children.

Through the Early Childhood Family Education program, parent educators visit families at home to help families work through issues such as potty training, discipline, sleeping, school readiness, and more. Tailored to each issue, families do activities such as deep breathing exercises, reading picture books, singing, dancing, parent-child activities, and parent discussions (see checklist of topics).

Families are also connected to other resources such as early childhood screening, preschool programs, and ECFE classes where they can connect with, and get support from, other families with children the same age.

To set up a Home Visit or for more information, call 612.668.2134; phone consultations are also available.

Program Highlights

Cost: FREE (must live in Minneapolis)

What to expect: On the first visit, early childhood professionals’ meet with the family to assess and discuss their child-rearing issues and questions. Paperwork is filled out and additional visits are scheduled with the family.

Length and number of visits: Visits typically last one hour and may take place every other week. Families may get up to eight home visits – the number of visits is determined by the family’s needs.

Languages served: ECFE highly values a family's home language and every effort is made to match families with staff to meet each family's culture and language.

Please note: The staff and forms DO NOT ask or collect information about a family’s immigration status.

Serves: Families who live in Minneapolis with children from birth to third grade

Referral partners: Home visits are completely voluntary. Many families find out about Home Visits through other programs and services within Minneapolis Public Schools or from clinics, hospitals and other community early childhood programs.

From 2015 to 2018, a total of 1,380 home visits were conducted reaching 585 children!

Internal partners – Minneapolis Public Schools programs and staff:

External partners:

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