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Northern Panhandle Head Start

Serving Pregnant Women & Families With Children, Birth to Five Years Old in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall & Wetzel Counties of West Virginia.

NPHS

Transitional Program for Incarcerated Parents

Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc is excited about the new collaboration with WV Northern Regional Jail located in Marshall County. Through our ARRA grant, NPHS was approved to serve 8 incarcerated parents in partnership with the caregivers of their children, as well as prenatal women who may be incarcerated. Families may reside in any of the five county service area of NPHS.

 
The Early Head Start Parent Educator conducts 2 educational visits within the confinement of jail with the parent and child participating in 90 minutes visit. Additionally, the caregiver and the child receive 2 home visits monthly in the home setting. Families are also offered Early Head Start group socializations twice a month in their local communities.
 
A EHS Father Advocate supports the fathers in the program. He provides instruction through the “InsideOutDad”Curriculum for the incarcerated fathers. This curriculum is a Reentry Program for Incarcerated Fathers. It is designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and prepare them for release. This comprehensive curriculum includes 12 core sessions with core topics such as:
  • About Me: Remembering My Past (What Kind of Father Am I?)
  • Being a Man: What is a Man? (Physical and Mental Health, Masculinity and the Media)
  • Relationships: Love and Relationships (Improving my Communication Skills)
  • Handling and Expressing Emotions: Expressing Anger (Stress and Anger, Carrying Emotions)
  • Discipline: Styles of Discipline (Culture, Morals, and Discipline; Being a Fair, Loving Father), and
  • Fathering From the Inside: Creating a Fathering Plan (During this time, the father chooses a book to read to his child. He is then filmed reading the book to his child and then the video and books are sent to the child.)
The program also has a Family Resource Advocate who works with the caregivers to provide transportation to Dr. Appointments, WIC, DHHR to name a few. Resources are offered to the family such as housing information, WIC information, and other community agencies that may benefit the family. The Family Resource Advocate provides training to the incarcerated parents twice a month on topics such as Domestic Violence, Child Abuse/Neglect, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Safety in the Home, and other topics of interest to the parents.
This Early Head Start service model has been favorably received by the jail administration, Head Start, and community. The CASA Executive Director, Susan Harrison, after hearing Tim Midget, former EHS Father Advocate, speak at a Health Family Coalition meeting, stated, “I am so happy to hear about this program. This is the type of program our community needs. The attorneys in the area will want information about this program and how to get their clients involved.”

For more information please contact:

Beth Ott, Early Head Start Supervisor
304-233-1724
bott@npheadstart.org

 

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