By Zaidee Stavely, EdSource, April 23, 2020
The stay-at-home order has upended some of California’s most crucial educational and health services for infants and toddlers — home visits and early intervention services — at a time when families may need them the most.
Home visiting programs send nurses, social workers and other trained professionals to the homes of low-income parents to give health and early education advice. They also help children meet milestones, like crawling, picking up objects, speaking their first words and playing. Speech therapists and others also conduct home visits to do early intervention with children who have developmental delays.
These home visitors are now making video calls, recording stories, dropping off learning materials on doorsteps and parking outside families’ homes to provide mobile hotspots, all to keep connecting with their clients.