The First Foundations predetermine later educational and economic activity in society. These are the reasons we work on following projects:
Nurse-Family Partnership Program – A solid first foundation is built on three core pillars – including a safe and stable home, free from chronic stress; healthy brain development, which is linked to nutrition and experience; and active stimulation and interaction with caretakers. Lack of early stimulation, poor nutrition, toxic stress, and other poverty-related risks may lead to falling behind in school and later reduced employment and earnings. Thankfully, this process can be reversed, with early prevention programs proven to provide high impact and long-term effects.
TSA applies a worldwide proven model of nurse visits, with the purpose of empowering first-time moms to transform their lives and create a better future for their babies. Specially trained nurses regularly visit homes with children up to age 2. The expectant moms benefit by getting the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy. At the same time, new mothers develop a close relationship with a nurse, who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for advice on everything from safely caring for their child to taking steps to provide a stable, secure future for them both. Through the partnership, the nurses provide new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child.
TSA is also testing innovative approaches toward creating better nutrition habits during the pregnancy period and in early childhood development.
We Care Project – TSA aims to improve quality and access to services for children up to three years old while building capacity in partnerships with organizations, institutions, and professionals. Some of the project activities are focused on collecting data and analysis to justify the needed support on a regional and national level. We build coalitions of organizations and professionals to achieve stronger public policies.
TSA works to prevent early pregnancies and child births, with an emphasis on developing the social-emotional skills of young Roma girls. Through this model, the whole community will be aware of girls’ problems and will have the opportunity to take measures for better education and perspective.