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Leveraging the Potential of Home Visiting Programs to Support Children of Immigrants and Dual-Language Learners: Identifying and Addressing Gaps in Participation


Eighth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs

Session Detail

Children of immigrants now account for over one in four of all young children birth to eight in the United States. Dual-language learners (DLLs), young children who are exposed to two or more languages in their formative early years, make up an even larger proportion of the young child population. A recent report from the National Academies of Science identified a gap in participation among families of young dual-language learners in home visiting programs, indicating that this population is underserved by MIECHV efforts. Yet given extensive research documenting the importance of the early years in supporting brain and language development for DLLs, home visiting programs represent a critical opportunity that could be better leveraged to provide resources and information for parents and caretakers who provide important home-language support for their young children. The Migration Policy Institute is documenting barriers and opportunities across several states to support immigrant and other limited-English proficient families through home visiting programs and launching a cross-state learning community to highlight promising practices and discuss strategies to promote high-quality home visiting services for immigrant families. This panel discussion seeks to raise awareness of the needs of immigrant and DLL families and the unique potential of home visiting programs for this population. The panel’s presentations will also highlight promising practices to improve home visiting services for young DLLs and children of immigrants and refugees in an effort to promote their expansion and replication and foster discussion and connections to encourage further innovation.

Ideal Audience: This session aims to raise awareness among advocates and state and local administrators of challenges and opportunities related to effectively serving immigrant and dual-language learner families through home visiting programs.


Maki Park   + See Bio

Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Maki Park is senior policy analyst for early education and care at the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, where her work focuses on early childhood policies affecting children of immigrants and refugees as well as dual-language learners from birth to eight in the United States and internationally.  Previously, Park worked as director of outreach and program manager at WorldTeach, based at Harvard’s Center for International Development, where she oversaw recruiting and admissions operations and managed the organization’s program in Guyana. She has also worked as an education consultant in Malawi and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan. Park holds a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in French and government, with a concentration in international relations, from Cornell University.

Aimee Hilado   + See Bio

Senior Manager, The Wellness Program, RefugeeOne

Aimee Hilado, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who actively teaches, conducts research and maintains a clinical practice with trauma-exposed refugee populations in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Hilado is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University where she teaches and conducts research around importance of early development, early childhood and adult mental health, social support, and culturally-sensitive clinical practice with immigrants and refugees. She also established the RefugeeOne Wellness Program in 2011, a mental health program at the largest refugee resettlement agency in Illinois. In 2016, her program integrated home visiting as a core clinical service for pregnant mothers and families with children under age three. Moreover, Dr. Hilado was selected as a ZERO TO THREE Fellow reflecting her commitment to supporting infant, toddlers and their families through her work. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of culturally sensitive, integrative clinical practice with immigrants and refugees. Her degrees are in social work and applied child development through Loyola University Chicago and Erikson Institute respectively.

Pamela S. Williams   + See Bio

Washington State Director, Parent-Child Home Program

Pamela currently serves as the Parent-Child Home Washington State Program Director at Thrive Washington and is a member of the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) HUB team within Washington. She has worked in the field of Home Visiting for over ten years and worked in the field of family literacy for over 20 years. Ms. Williams holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in African-American Studies from Temple University and a MS in Human Resource Development from Drexel University.