Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program (PAT)
Parents as Teachers is a free, voluntary, confidential services to expectant mothers and families with young children under the age of four. The program is a long term, evidence-based, family visiting program, made to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices. Parents as Teachers also provides early detection of developmental delays and health issues and increase school readiness and success.
The PAT’s main office is now located at the BVCAP Woodlawn Community Center.
Rhode Island Works Program
RIW Program is to encourage families to work and become self-sufficient, parents who work may still qualify for cash assistance and other help, including health care coverage, child care subsidies, and SNAP benefits (formerly called food stamps).
DHS Social Caseworkers work with parents to develop an employment plan that outlines activities they must do to improve their success in the job market.
Most parents will first be required to search for employment. Single parents must work or prepared for work an average of 20 or 30 hours per week depending on the age of the youngest child. Job training and education may be recommended.
Healthy Families America (HFA)
BVCAP’s Healthy Families America is a long term family visiting program for expectant mothers or families with children under three months of age. It is meant to promote positive growth and development in children while building the strengths of their families and protective factors.
HFA aims to:
- Reduce child maltreatment;
- Improve parent-child interactions and children’s social-emotional well-being;
- Increase school readiness;
- Promote child physical health and development;
- Promote positive parenting;
- Promote family self-sufficiency;
- Increase access to primary care medical services and community services; and decrease child injuries and emergency department use.