Home visiting systems coordinator joins Douglas ESD
The Douglas Education Service District has hired Vanessa Pingleton as home visiting systems coordinator to work in collaboration with agencies involved in maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs over a three-county region.
As regional systems coordinator through the South-Central Early Learning Hub, Pingleton’s duties will include building strong links across home visiting programs within Douglas, Klamath and Lake counties. She will lead the development of a strategic plan that will focus on professional development for home visitors. In addition, she’ll oversee formation of an outreach and communication plan and a shared intake and referral process.
“Home visiting programs support families in finding healthy solutions to stressful circumstances by ensuring parents have skills to help keep their children healthy, safe and ready to learn,” Pingleton said. The programs are free, voluntary and serve families from a variety of backgrounds. Funding for programs comes from federal, state, county, local and private sources.
Pat Sublette, Douglas ESD’s assistant superintendent, said the goal for greater collaboration across home visiting programs is to help more families get access to parenting and health care education, early intervention and other resources. The effort is part of the work of the South-Central Early Learning Hub, the purpose of which is to develop a system of early learning services equipping young children with skills needed for school and for life.
Pingleton’s professional background includes years of experience in health care services throughout Southern Oregon, many of them related to mental health care delivery for children.
Douglas ESD has received a grant from the Family Ford Foundation to fund the coordination project. Established by Kenneth W. and Hallie Ford in 1957, the foundation seeks to promote successful citizens and vital rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. Its office is located in Roseburg, with a scholarship office in Eugene.