The NYS Home Visiting Coordination Initiative (HVCI) is committed to bringing parent voice to our work in an inclusive, intentional way.
The HVCI has asked Backbone Organizations (BBOs) to include parents and other caregivers in regional team discussions.
The HVCI will create an advisory group to answer two questions:
1. What should universally-offered home visiting look like in NYS?
2. What should a home visiting public education campaign look like?
Both of these questions relate back to the recommendations included in the HVCI’s Final Report of 2020, as well as to proposed legislation. HVCI staff want to hear from parents currently involved in a home visiting program, formerly involved in a program, and those who are/were eligible but have declined to participate. We want to hear and better understand both reasons for participating and reasons for not participating. We also want to know what messaging resonates and what tactics parents think would encourage participation.
Each BBO should invite two parents to join the advisory group, which will meet virtually one or two times in April/May 2021. These meetings will take place at parents’ convenience and may be offered in the evening hours or on a weekend. Gift cards will be provided as an incentive to participation. This group may continue to meet periodically, depending on interest.