- 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, families attend dinners at school, “breaking bread” 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, middle, and high 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.
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 Karen Kalish, the CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.