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HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Parent & Teacher Groups

Mission: HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program's mission is to partner families and teachers for children’s success.

Results: In the 2018-19 school year, 351 HOME WORKS! teachers in 23 schools in eightrural, suburban, and urban Missouri districts made 2,263 home visits. In the 2019-20 school year, HOME WORKS! is in 32 schools across nine districts, including five charter schools, in Missouri. Data shows the impact that home visits are making. A quasi-experimental analysis of the records of 3,000 students in four HOME WORKS! districts shows that students who received home visits score higher on the STAR national reading assessment than students who did not receive visits, and home visits increased attendance (Concentric Research, 2016.

Target demographics: All teachers prioritize those students who are performing below grade level; have attendance, tardiness, and/or behavior issues; are ELL (English language learners); are in kindergarten or first grade and did not attend pre-kindergarten; and/or are new to school. Many teachers aim to visit all of their students.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6,200 students, families, and teachers

Geographic areas served: Boonville, Francis Howell, Hazelwood, Lindbergh, Marshall, Mehlville, Parkway, St. Louis Public Schools, and Wentzville school districts in Missouri

Programs: The HOME WORKS! program requires schools to implement at least three program components: 1. one or two home visits per student per year with two teachers on each visit, 2. one or two family dinners at school, and 3. one, two, or three parent teacher learning team meetings at school. At mandatory teacher trainings, detailed manuals developed by HOME WORKS! that describe each step in our home visit process serve as a reference for all HOME WORKS! visitors. Teachers are paid to make the visits. Staff in each school ensures program fidelity and data collection Early in the school year, families attend family dinners at school to “break bread” with their children’s teacher and to hear about and sign up for home visits. At each home visit, teachers build/strengthen their relationships with parents and learn about the families. Parents learn that teachers have students’ best interests at heart and what is important to do at home to boost children’s academic achievement at school. Teachers discuss with families the academic and attendance data of the student and the importance of attending school all day, every day. At home visits, families are invited to meetings at school where parents learn about their children’s academic progress; set academic goals; and receive books, educational games, and strategies to use with their children at home.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laurie102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the host of Talk of the Town, a Public Affairs show that airs on 3 different radio stations in St. Louis, MO, I'm always looking for new & different non-profits. I found that with HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program. Karen Kalish was a breath of fresh air & is passionate about her program & all of the people working in it plus it's obvious that what they're doing works. Big thanks to Great NonProfits for having this organization in their listing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

February 16, 2014

Dear Karen:

I am pleased to write this letter of support of HOME WORKS! The Columbia Public Schools has been participating in parent engagement strategies for a long time, but it wasn’t until we connected with your organization that we felt we had a focused plan for connecting with families.

The Columbia Public School District has seen rates of poverty increase considerably over the last 10 years. Over that period of time the percentage of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch has climbed from 25% to 46%. The number of English Language Learners has climbed from 450 four years ago to 990 this school year. We are a community that is urbanizing at a staggering rate and it is going to take two-way, parent and school engagement in order to give our children the very best chance for success.

During this past year, two of our low performing, high poverty elementary schools began participating in HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program. Teachers attended the high-level trainings before setting out in pairs to conduct home visits. The relationship with families was strengthened by the two family dinners hosted at the school by the teachers and the principal. Your program promised we would see improvements in both attendance and discipline. And we have.

We are all working hard to be allies for Missouri’s children. What will matter for a child from Poplar Bluff and Cape Girardeau and Independence is that we strive to remove barriers and improve communication with families. We believe that HOME WORKS! will reduce opportunity gaps (attendance and discipline), close enrichment gaps (access to college and career coursework), and give us a better tool for achieving our ultimate legacy – the elimination of academic achievement gaps.

I can be reached at 573-214-3400 or pstieple@columbia.k12.mo.us should you have other leaders interested in talking more about HOME WORKS!


Sincerely,



Peter Stiepleman
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Columbia, MO

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Home Works! from its inception and continue to serve on the Board because the program has transformed the lives of the students, teachers and families it has touched. Many of the parents visited had negative school experiences and don't know how to change that dynamic for their own children. The teachers trained by Home Works! help a family's adults understand their importance in their child's educational success. As a team, the adults in a child's life can make day in and day out decisions that make all the difference for the child's sustained success. Home Works! works.

Gay G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to donate to this organization. It is the only program I know of that is working on parent engagement and getting parents to read and talk to their children every day. Their results are very exciting. I know it's going to take a long time to change parent behavior and increase academics for kids but this organization is starting the ball rolling. Please consider supporting this organization

Review from Guidestar