First Foundations Program

The earliest conditions of a child’s life predetermine later educational and economic activity in society. This is the reason that we work on the following projects:

Nurse-Family Partnership Program – A solid first foundation is built on three core pillars – a safe and stable home, free from chronic stress; healthy brain development, which is linked to nutrition and environment; and active stimulation and interaction with caretakers. Poor nutrition, toxic stress, lack of early stimulation, and other poverty-related risks may lead to falling behind in school and later less employment and reduced earnings. Thankfully, these situations can be averted with early prevention programs proven to have 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 expecting moms benefit by getting the care and support that 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 on whom they can rely for advice regarding 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 that they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but also to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mother and child.

TSA is also testing innovative approaches creating better nutritional habits throughout the pregnancy period and during 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.