Putting Young Moms and their Children on a Trajectory for Success
Since 1982, The Ounce of Prevention Fund (The Ounce) has developed programs to ensure all American children – particularly those born into poverty – have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life.
In The Ounce’s home visiting programs, trained coaches regularly visit new parents to provide them with child-development information. By modeling appropriate parenting practices, home visitors help young, inexperienced parents nurture the healthy development of their children. Studies of these home visitation programs have shown a significant reduction in potential child abuse and neglect and more positive health outcomes for the infant and mother.
Recently, our team had the opportunity to spend time with Artrice Hill, a home visitor in Chicago. Artice has been working with Sade Richmond, a first-time mom to provide coaching and social support to both Sade and her infant daughter Aja. Their story shows the power of positive role models, the impact Home Visitors have on new mothers and their infants, and the need for more formal training to expand the reach of these incredibly valuable social services programs. I encourage you to take a few minutes to hear more of Artice’s story and learn how she helps both Sade and Aja realize their potential:
In 2012, The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation awarded the Ounce of Prevention Fund an Impact Grant donation of software and services valued at $1 million to create Achieve OnDemand™, an online home visiting professional development resource. With Achieve OnDemand now live, the Ounce is well positioned to train home visitors, like Artice, across the country and ensure that over 360,000 at-risk children and families are on a trajectory for success.
On an annual basis, The Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation awards Impact Grants to a select group of nonprofits that can effectively online and blended learning to scale a successful initiative like The Ounce’s Home Visiting Program. If your nonprofit could benefit from an Impact Grant, please view our more detailed program overview and contact us to be included in our 2016 grant evaluation cycle.