Penny Roach, home visitor and former home visiting recipient

As a single mom who raised two children on her own, Penny Roach has plenty of parenting experience to share. But it wasn’t until Roach began participating in home visiting services with her 4-year-old granddaughter that she realized her interest in educating new moms.

“I felt like this is something I really love to do, be a teacher. I would love to be able to pass this on,” Roach says. “My home visitor said, ‘You know, you can be a home visitor, too.’ It built up my confidence big time.”

Learn more about Roach’s work with Jefferson County Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) and about other programs delivering evidence-based home visiting models.

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