Baby Shaun and his Mom.

Children learn in a variety of ways. KCR Early Learning & Family Services honors this uniqueness by offering learning in the classroom or learning through the home visitation program.

Seeing the parent as the child’s first, and lifelong teacher, the KCR Home Visitation program partners with parents to create an in-home learning environment. The equitable offering of both classroom and home learning gives the parent flexibility to choose the best program for their child.

In the Home Base Program, KCR Home Visitors support the child’s learning by conducting an assessment of the child’s developmental level. Then, in partnership with the parent, an individualized curriculum plan is created. “We work with the whole family; engaging mom, dad, and siblings,” explains KCR Home Base Coordinator, Glenda Davenport.

Beyond educational needs, Home Visitors also refer families to relevant KCR programs such as housing, nutrition, and partner resources throughout Kitsap County.

“My son was struggling with his speech, but as we worked with our Home Visitor, Jennifer Gori, we saw great improvement in Benjamin’s speech,” explains mom, Britany. “I’ve also attended “Nurtured Heart” parenting classes, learning better ways to parent.”

Benjamin and Mom, Brittany

In addition to providing learning experiences and supportive resource referral, Home Visitors also connect parents to dental and medical care providers; and they perform Well-Baby checks.

“Serving prenatal to 3 year-olds, these learning programs allow children to prepare for future educational experiences and have greater academic success,” explains Davenport.