Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih - Home Visiting

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child age 0-5?

Need a little extra help?

Are you interested in learning about...

  • Positive parenting skills?
  • Early childhood development and family literacy?
  • How to be your child’s “first teacher”?
  • Partnership in making family referrals to community resources? 

The Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program provides services through home visiting for:

  • First-time parents – teens to adults
  • Grandparents caring for their grandchildren
  • Families that need information on parenting, child development or family literacy
  • Families who live in very remote areas
* The Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program is available to families residing on the Navajo Nation.

Contact:  

Please email ihd@nau.edu with any questions. Thank you.

 

About the program 

The purpose of the Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program is to promote healthy child development and school readiness through family support that provides information on:

  1. Issues related to child health and development, including early language and literacy;
  2. Positive parenting; and
  3. Community-based resources for family services and early education.

The Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program is available to families residing on the Navajo Nation. Eligible families are those who experience risk factors that include first-time parents, teen parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, geographic and/or social isolation, or extreme poverty, and who are not receiving other home visiting services. The program is funded by a grant to the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University by Arizona’s First Things First program.

Home visits are conducted by trained, local Home Visitors under the supervision of Family Training Coordinators with expertise in early childhood and service coordination. Each family who chooses to participate works with a Home Visitor to complete a family assessment that identifies their family’s strengths, as well as their priorities for family support through the Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program. The number of home visits each month varies from one to four visits per month depending on the results of the family assessment. For each child in the family, age two months to five years, child development is tracked through periodic developmental screening. Together each family and their Home Visitor develop a Family Plan that:

  • Describes family strengths;
  • Outlines steps to address family priorities (i.e., goals);
  • Sets up specific activities (i.e., objectives) and timelines related to family priorities;
  • Establishes a timeline for tracking child development and providing child development, positive parenting and early literacy information for the family; and
  • Plans for future transition from the program.  

All information shared during home visits is confidential, and available only to staff of the Nihiyazhi Ba’iit’ih Program. However, if a Home Visitor believes there are safety concerns for any members of a family they will be obligated to follow the law in reporting information.