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April 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

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Nurses, social workers visit homes to aid young children


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Earlean Hicks, left in blue, a home visitor family support specialist with the Parents as Teachers, talks with Anna Powell, center, and her children at their home in Kent, Wash Monday, April 7, 2014. The program works with families with very young children to support healthy development and school readiness. It also helps parents understand their role as their child's first teacher. "They are very positive in helping with the family dynamics," said Anna Powell, about the program. Powell's baby King Graham, 5 months, and Heaven Powell, 4, are in front. Melvin Powell, 5, is behind.

ERIKA SCHULTZ/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

Earlean Hicks, a home visitor family support specialist with the Parents as Teachers, works with Anna Powell, right at her home in Kent, Wash Monday, April 7, 2014. The program works with families with very young children to support healthy development and school readiness. It also helps parents understand their role as their child's first teacher.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Heaven Powell, 4, left, and King Graham, 5 months, listen to their father Terrance Graham read stories during a Parents as Teachers session at their home in Kent Monday, April 7, 2014. Terrance, who is recently out of the Marine Corps, said the program has helped him readjust back into society and come together as a family.

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