Home Visiting Finds a New Home in Hawthorne

Nevada Families First (NFF) – our maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program – recently relocated their Hawthorne office. Partnering with the Mineral County School District, NFF Hawthorne “headquarters” are now located in the school district office. We are extremely grateful for this partnership and look forward to better serving the families in Hawthorne and Mineral County.

The Mineral County Independent News recently did a write-up about our Hawthorne program and the services we provide in the community. Thanks to the Mineral County School District for their support of this program!

Click here to read the story in the Mineral County Independent News!

NFF Hawthorne Office

CCI’s Home Visiting Program Receives Accolades from Parents As Teachers National Center!


We are proud to announce that our maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting program Nevada Families First recently received a congratulations from the Parents as Teachers National Center for meeting the 17 Essential Requirements of their model and earning status as an official Parents as Teachers affiliate!

Nevada Families First is a high quality, evidence-based home visiting program serving pregnant mothers and families with children from newborn up to 5 years of age. Families receive parenting support, education, and opportunities to make connections with other families. Our program is primarily funded through federal MIECHV funds (Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting), and uses the Parents as Teachers Evidence-Based Model.

Home visiting programs such as those authorized under MIECHV have strong bipartisan support from all levels of government, as they have been shown to improve outcomes in especially at-risk families. Topics and issues that home educators work on with families include feeding, child development, language and literacy, parenting, sleep, play, and many more.

According to Parents as Teachers, research shows that home visiting makes a difference for families: ¹

  • Children’s developmental delays and health problems are detected early
  • Children enter kindergarten ready to learn and the achievement gap is narrowed
  • Children achieve school success into the elementary grades
  • Parents improve their parenting knowledge and skills
  • Parents are more involved in their children’s schooling
  • Families are more likely to promote children’s language and literacy

Congratulations to our home visiting team on receiving recognition for all of their hard work serving their client families!

Interested in home visiting services, or know someone who might be? Contact the Nevada Families First program at 775-847-9311 ext. 204

Parents as Teachers Congratulations Letter



CCI Staff Visit Nevada Legislature to Promote Home Visiting and Financial Literacy

Community Chest’s NFF Program Director Michael-Ann Lazzarino, and Parent Educator Farah Rashdan recently attended Assets and Opportunity Legislative Day at the Nevada State Legislature to promote financial literacy and resources for teens and families. This event was sponsored by Opportunity Alliance Nevada. Attendees attended a networking breakfast, met with legislators, and had the opportunity to sit in while the legislature was in session. Michael-Ann and Farah also met with Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, state representative for Storey County, to discuss the importance of promoting financial security and economic mobility for Nevadans.

Nevada Families First (NFF) is a voluntary, free program that provides high-quality, evidence-based parent education and support to pregnant mothers and families with children up to age 5 through home visits, health and developmental screenings, and other resources.


Nevada Families First Parent Educator Wins Award from Nevada Home Visiting!


Community Chest is proud to announce that Farah Rashdan, one of our fantastic Nevada Families First (NFF) Parent Educators, received an award from the State of Nevada’s home visiting office for submitting the best quarterly report out of all of the agencies in the state at their February 2017 quarterly meeting!

Community Chest’s Nevada Families First program provides high-quality, evidence-based parent education and support to pregnant mothers and families with children up to age 5 through home visits, health and developmental screenings, and other resources.

Congratulations to Farah! We thank her for all of her hard work, dedication, and passion for serving  her NFF families!

CCI Program Participant Wins Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarship!

Community Chest is proud to share the fantastic news that Cass Woods, a Nevada Families First program participant, was the winner of a  Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarship for 2016!

Cass is a married mother of two studying Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Western Nevada College. She will be transferring to UNR in about a year to complete her studies for a baccalaureate degree. She has grown up in Virginia City all of her life, moved away, and found that she wanted to raise her family in a place that helped to raise her! Please join us in congratulating Cass for reaching for her dreams!!