VNA Awarded Promise Partners Grant
Visiting Nurse Association of Pottawattamie County (VNA) has been awarded a $56,660 grant from Promise Partners to fund Project WIN – Welcoming Infants into Neighborhoods – an early childhood home visitation program that provides nursing and parent coaching to teen and adult parents of children ages 0-5. “Support is critical for parents during the transition that follows the arrival of a new baby, especially for families facing the additional hurdles such as being young, single or low income,” said Kris Stapp, Vice President of VNA Health Services.
Voluntary early childhood home visitation programs like VNA’s Project WIN match parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s early years. According to the U.S. Administration for Children and Youth and the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are safer, healthier, better prepared to learn, and more likely to become successful adults when parents know how to care for their children and themselves.
Project WIN seeks to:
- Improve prenatal and the interconception health of mothers
- Improve child health and promote meeting developmental milestones
- Reduce and prevent child abuse, neglect and injuries
- Increase family involvement and support
- Promote child school readiness
- Promote family economic self-sufficiency
The program uses the research-informed Growing Great KidsTM curriculum, shown to make a positive impact on parent-child interactions.
Promise Partners works to mobilize all of Pottawattamie County and empower a caring community that promises the well-being of every child. VNA has received funding from the organization since 2012.
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