HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program founded in St. Louis in 2007 to partner families and teachers to improve the academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, and homework completion of high-need students. HOME WORKS! began in a handful of elementary schools, and this school year, 25,000 visits later, we are in 23 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools in eight urban, suburban, and rural districts, and in one charter school in Missouri, and reaching over 1,800 students on average annually.
Home visits aren’t a new idea. Parents as Teachers and Nurses for Newborns provide home visits to families of children from birth to age three, and many states in the U.S. require home visits before the first year of school starts. HOME WORKS! was inspired by a similar program in Texas and California that began in 1998. Teachers there recorded an increase in academic achievement and test scores, improved attendance and homework completion, a significant increase in family involvement, improved attitudes about school by both the student and the family, and a decrease in discipline problems.
HOME WORKS! is an integral part of our school culture. The relationships and trust created through visiting homes and partnering with parents have made a significant impact on our school’s success. Our students work harder knowing that their teacher and their families are working together and are on the same team. – Amy Watkins Fowler, Principal at Parkade Elementary in Columbia, MO