Early Childhood Support

Enrolling in Parents As Teachers virtual visits can help:

FIRC currently serves up to 100 local kids with monthly home visits for children ages zero through kindergarten. The visits focus on improving the parent-child bond and giving parents tools to be the best possible teacher to their child. There are no income restrictions for this program and visits are offered in English and Spanish.

How the program helps: The purpose of FIRC’s Parents as Teachers home visitation program is to provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. For nearly 20 years FIRC’s Parents as Teachers program has been offering one-on-one visits (now virtually) using the nationally-recognized Parents as Teachers curriculum with the goal that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. It works!

Home visits focus on a variety of topics including:

  • Development of motor, cognitive, language and social emotional skills through interactive games that the parent educator encourages the parent to do with their child
  • Nutrition with effects on mood and brain function
  • Health outcomes
  • Addresses common issues parents are facing
  • Parenting through COVID-19
  • School Readiness
  • Developmental Screening
  • Education and support for developmental challenges
  • Connection to resources
  • Improve the parent-child bond
  • Facilitate friendships
  • Support for parents struggling with stress
  • Navigating education in a virtual world

Common situations parents face in Summit County:

  • Desire to give your child the best start to life
  • Both parents working
  • No extended families in the area
  • Single parent
  • Limited childcare and conflicting schedules
  • Working 2 or more jobs
  • Child struggling with development or behavior
  • Setting routines and boundaries in a virtual world

To enroll in virtual visits for 2021, contact Noelle:

How FIRC's Virtual Home Visitation Program Works

The Parents as Teachers virtual visitations are FREE, offered in English & Spanish, and open to all families with children ages 0-5 who live in Summit County.

Receive virtual home visits

FIRC’s Parent Educators are trained to help you customize a program that works best for you and your family

Become your child's most important teacher

Virtually visit with your Parent Educator twice a month, adapting the Parents As Teachers Curriculum to your family’s needs

Work on Family Goals

Discuss and set goals for your child’s development and ways for us support you as a parent

Enter kindergarten ready

We will check in during visits to help you prepare your child and ensure they enter kindergarten ready to learn