Home visiting classes happen one of two ways:
1.Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services referral
a. Parents who have an open CPS case are referred to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County for individualized parenting education in the home.
b. Education can be parenting education or life skills education and is determined by the CPS case worker at the time of referral.
c. Parenting education covers topics such as parenting styles, discipline, rules/consequences, routines, stress management, child development, communication, and any other topic as needed per individual family.
d. Life skills education covers topics such as budgeting, nutrition, home safety, home sanitation, hygiene, and any other topic as needed per individual family.
e. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County educators work with families for a minimum of six visits, but can meet with the families beyond six visits until the case worker and the educator no longer feel education is necessary for the family.
2.Maternal and Early Childhood Foundation (MECF)
a. Families who have a child under the age of five can call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County and request parenting education in the home, without a referral from CPS.
b. MECF home visits have no limited number of visits and there are no maximum number of visits.
c. MECF home visits cover topics such as budgeting, parenting education, home safety/sanitation, nutrition, and any other topics as needed per individual family.
For more information, contact Leslie Cherry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-788-8450.
Last updated February 24, 2016