Learning Environments

Learning at Home

Learning begins at home as parents and family members create spaces that are nurturing, responsive, and engaging to young learners. When caregivers and family members are intentional about the spaces they create, they encourage children’s learning and development—all within the consistency and security of the home. Children thrive when comfort and security at home scaffold their learning. Explore the resources on this page to discover how to help families support their child’s learning at home.

Learning at Home: Supporting Parents to Promote Infant-Toddler Development

Home visitors can support parents in ways that promote their child’s learning at home. Parent-child interactions are key to children’s learning at home. Learn the importance of a home-based curriculum that promotes the parent’s role as teacher. Discover how to use routines, play, and everyday activities as learning opportunities.

News You Can Use: Learning at Home and Homelike Environments

When caregivers and family members are intentional about the spaces they create, children receive the message that they are in a kind and loving place. Explore this resource to find out how to create a space that is welcoming and homelike for children.

Tips for Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe: A Developmental Guide for Home Visitors

As a home visitor, you can help families prevent childhood injuries. Whether families bring up concerns or you introduce the topic, safety is a key part of your work with families. Use this tool to share safety tips with families. In each section, find a review of child development and how it relates to injury-prevention strategies. Also, learn about safety tips organized by families’ daily routines. Some tips apply to all children. Others address the developmental needs of children in a specific age group. When a family has children at different developmental levels, review the safety tips for each.


A father reads with daughter and sonUnderstanding Family Engagement Outcomes: Research to Practice Series

Explore this series to learn about each of the Family Engagement Outcomes of the Office of Head Start (OHS) Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. Aligned with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, each resource offers a summary of selected research, proven interventions, and promising practices and program strategies. Use these resources to support program efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. Find ways programs can foster strong relationships and support positive outcomes for children, families, and staff.

Topic:Learning Environments

Keywords:Home visiting

Resource Type: Article

Audience: Home Visitors

Last Updated: November 26, 2018