What is it?
Promise 1000 connects this region’s families experiencing low income and other life stressors to supports that optimize the beginning years of life for young children prenatal to three years old – the first 1,000 days of life. Promise 1000 includes home visiting provider agencies through a collective impact system in order to
- Improve maternal and newborn health
- Reduce the incidence of injury and violence
- Increase school readiness
- Improve economic self-reliance of participating families
How does it work?
The scientific evidence is clear; a stimulating and nurturing environment is essential for optimal early brain development, leading to readiness for school and good health. Home visitors, or Parent Educators, establish a trusting relationship with parents at a critical time in order to provide support on topics related to child safety, health care, child development, and parental self-care as a means to prevent medical, psychosocial, and developmental challenges in the future. Results include a strengthened emotional bond between parent and child, establishing parental skills that help children reach their full potential.
What role does United Way play?
United Way provides the backbone support for this initiative, and with the help of United Way 211, families are matched with the most relevant program for their needs. Parents are encouraged to engage community resources, emphasizing the important role communities play in helping parents raise healthy and successful children.
For additional information or to request services through Promise 1000, please visit promise1000.org.