- increased their scores on state tests for math and communication arts compared to students who did not receive home visits;
- scored higher on STAR reading tests than students who did not receive visits;
- in 3rd through 6th grade improved their math grades, while math grades of non-participants declined; and
- were less likely to miss two weeks or more of school than students who did not receive a home visit.
Focus: HOME WORKS! serves primarily low socio-economic status women, children, and families.
Duration: HOME WORKS! is one of the only home-visiting program in Missouri that visits the homes of students from early childhood through high school.
Depth: HOME WORKS! aims for a fundamental culture change in homes, schools, and communities. In addition to home visits, teachers hold parent-teacher workshops at school, families attend dinners at school (when allowed) with teachers to deepen their relationships and build trust.
Philosophy: HOME WORKS! believes that all parents want their children to succeed in school and in life. We see parents as partners and co-educators and realize the critical role they play in the education of their children.
Quality: HOME WORKS! provides comprehensive professional development for teachers and other school personnel on how to make effective home visits.
Breadth: HOME WORKS! serves early childhood centers and elementary schools in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Research: HOME WORKS! is committed to collecting data and conducting annual evaluations with an outside evaluation team.
Perseverance: HOME WORKS! invests in long-term relationships and practices. Teachers build trust with families and everyone develops and improves skills and habits that promote better education for children.
Yes. Volunteers are engaged to support learning in a variety of ways, including reading with students (virtually and in-person), delivering food and supplies, and help teachers in their classrooms.
Absolutely. Teachers are paid $25 for each virtual visit and $35 for in-home visits.
Teachers should discuss HOME WORKS! with their principal and/or superintendent who can then request a meeting with us to discuss bringing HOME WORKS! to their school. Please contact Colleen Polak with questions regarding the application process at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested schools/districts should first become familiar with the program and check our selection criteria. Then the superintendent/head of school should contact HOME WORKS! for an appointment with Colleen Polak at email@example.com.
The next step: HOME WORKS! will present the program to the entire school faculty. If at least 50% of classroom teachers agree to home visits and the school makes a three- to five-year commitment, HOME WORKS! begins a deep and serious discussion to see if the school will do what it takes to make teacher home visits a priority.