Back to School: Home Visiting in Colorado

It’s September and many families are turning their attention to a new school year. Although “back to school” may look different for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, home visitation programs across Colorado are ready to work with parents to provide valuable support to new and expecting parents. There are many types of home visiting programs available, each working to address specific ages, developmental needs, and parent skills and concerns. Parents Thrive Colorado has worked with parents and community members to develop a list of blogs, resources, and stories to highlight the successes of home visiting programs and help connect parents like you with the valuable services they provide. Check them out here: 

Guest Blog: School Readiness Starts at Home

Kindergarten is one of the most exciting events of a young child’s life. It’s a time when you might think your little kid just became a big kid. It’s a time to celebrate – and maybe it’s a time when parents are a little bit sad. But getting ready for kindergarten starts way before your child turns five! It begins before they are even born…

Parents As Teachers

Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits during a child’s earliest years in life, from prenatal through kindergarten.  

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

HIPPY uses curriculum, story books and other materials to help parents strengthen their children’s cognitive, literacy, social/emotional and physical development. HIPPY strengthens both communities and families by empowering parents to play an active role in preparing their children for school.

Healthy Families America

Serving families in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, HFA promotes child well-being and prevents the abuse and neglect of children in communities through family focused and empathic support provided in the home.

Early Head Start

Home-Based Head Start promotes the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. This takes place in a learning environment that supports growth across numerous subjects and domains.


HealthySteps partners with pediatric primary care providers to support parents and improve the health and well-being of babies and toddlers so they are prepared for school and life.

SafeCare Colorado

SafeCare® Colorado is a free, voluntary parent support program for parents and caregivers with children ages five and under who need extra support to keep their families safe and healthy. Parent support providers help you build on your existing skills in the areas of parent-child interactions, home safety and child health.

Baby Bear Hugs

Baby Bear Hugs helps establish supportive relationships, provides parenting education, and connects parents/caregivers to resources. Stress is reduced, children benefit through increased school readiness, health and resilience.  Baby Bear Hugs is free and serves all families, parents and caregivers, prenatally and with children through 5 years old through certified Parenting Educators.