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What is a Family Educator?

HAWC Family Educators have backgrounds in varied fields of education: degrees in psychology, sociology, social work, communication, anthropology, education, and nursing.  Family Educators are trained Breastfeeding Educators, Child Passenger Safety Technicians, Family Development Specialists, and Parents As Teachers Educators.  Some of the aspects of the Educators’ training are CPR/First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, Domestic Violence Training, nutrition, child guidance, substance abuse, maternal depression screening and overall childhood development.  We also have oral health trainers and a certified infant massage instructor on staff.


Why have a HAWC Family Educator?

Families with young children face many new and wonderful challenges.  HAWC Family Educators can help provide the missing links to the most current information, ideas, and activities to promote positive parent-child interaction, encourage maximum child development and promote school readiness.


HAWC Family Educators use the Parents As Teachers Born to Learn™ curriculum.  The core values of the Born to Learn™ curriculum start with five basic beliefs:

  • Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers. 
  • The early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development and provide the foundation for success in school and life.
  • Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education and family support, curricula, training materials, and services.
  • All young children and their families deserve the same opportunities to succeed, regardless of any demographic, geographic, or economic considerations.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families. 

What to expect from a Family Educator.

Family Educators can provide visits in the comfort of your home.  Visits are client driven by a time that works well for you and your family and what your particular needs may be at any given time.  In addition to the Parents As Teachers Born to Learn™ curriculum, educators can provide infant and child weight checks, breastfeeding education and support, prenatal teaching and support, healthy and safe home environment checklist, sharing knowledge of how to access community services and knowledge of healthy child development and early brain development.


Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties
1111 Paine St., Suite H, Hawkeye Plaza, Decorah, IA 52101

HAWC Partnerships for Children
Early Childhood Iowa/Decat
Phone: (563) 382-4447
Fax: (563) 382-1870

E-mail Michael at: hawcmb@neitel.net or
Meagan Hammell at: hawccl@neitel.net