Q: We have willing partners and a plan with a budget – when can we do the home visit training? What is involved?
- Determine a date or two that works for you then contact Yesenia Ramirez at email@example.com or at 916-539-5601 to secure a date and make an invoicing and billing plan (often district funding requires advance paperwork).
- Once you have a date and time, arrange for a place to train your group.
- Invite at least 50% of the staff and any other interested partners to the training- (not to exceed 60 without prior approval of PTHV staff).
- Designate a site coordinator who helps arrange site logistics and keeps track of the visiting experiences for the school staff and liaisons with PTHV staff with ongoing questions, concerns, success stories, etc.
Q: What does the home visit training cover?
A: Training sessions are 3 hours and cover the model we use, the research that supports it, a step by step guide of how to do an effective home visit, teacher and parent testimony, role plays and a frank discussion of all likely barriers and/or site specific questions and concerns.
Q: What happens after the training?
A: The PTHVP staff will be available to you by phone for 3 hours of post-training consultation and can arrange for an in-person response if needed. Here are general “next steps”:
- Follow up to the training includes PTHV staff consultation, and review of individual and site plans before participants begin.
- Home visits begin, participants bill the school/district for their time, site coordinator helps colleagues with questions or concerns.
- At least 1-2 opportunities for teachers and parents to share their home visiting experiences take place at staff or school meetings within the first month of home visiting launch.
- Two to three months after the launch of home visits, participants gather for 1 hour to reflect on the visits- what worked, the challenges, what are some personal experiences about assumptions about the families and/or students and learning from the home visit? Plan is revisited to see if site is on track to reach visit goals and, if not, mid-course corrections made.
- End of year billing and reflections completed, data collected, plans for expansion or sustainability completed for following year.
Q: Can we become PTHVP trainers in our community?
A: Yes! This is meant to be a locally run effort. After the first year of PTHVP, we can return to offer a full day Train the Trainer (TOT) session for a select group of parents and teachers who have been actively involved in home visiting efforts during the prior year.
Note: Often we are asked if we will do a TOT session right away to cut down on costs, but in our experience that is not a successful practice. People need to have directly experienced the project. For teachers that means at least 10 home visits, and for parents it means 1-2 visits and a chance to share their experiences with others.