Becoming a Parent: Everything Changes

The artist Sarah Walker is quoted as saying “that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live.” (LaFrance, 2015) Research tells us that many of the emotional changes that occur during pregnancy and after are largely changes to the mother’s brain. In her article on this…

The Art of Building Trusting Relationships

Forming trusting relationships with parents is essential to keeping families interested and engaged in program services.  The Growing Great Kids Curriculum provides a few modules to use at the onset of services that support families in gaining an understanding of the program design, the structure and flow of home visits, and what they can expect…

Language Differences that Matter a Lot

When people discuss the disparities in opportunity among socio-economic groups, the research done by Betty Hart and Todd Risley in the 80’s and 90’s often comes up (Hart & Risley, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children, 1995). These researchers carefully studied poor children and school success. In order to do this they…