HOME WORKS! $25,000.00 Grant Recipient

Karen Kalish
Founder and CEO
St. Louis , MO


HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program was founded in St. Louis in 2007 to improve the academic achievement, attendance, classroom behavior, and homework completion of struggling students by empowering and partnering with their parents to be more actively engaged in their children’s education. 

Founder Karen Kalish believes that when you see an issue, you grab an ally or two or three, roll up your sleeves, and get to work. After hearing about teacher home visits in Texas, and the difference they were making with struggling students, Karen was “called.” She returned to St. Louis, met with the teachers union, some St. Louis Public Schools elementary principals, and the superintendent. Together, they piloted the home visit program. This school year, ten years and 16,300 visits later, HOME WORKS! is in 28 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high schools in nine school districts and will serve over 10,000 students, families, and teachers.

HOME WORKS! trains, supports, and helps pay teachers and other school personnel to make visits to their students’ homes to get parents and families engaged in their children’s education. Teachers get to know the families, share pertinent information about their children, and provide parents with the skills, strategies, and confidence they must use at home to help children succeed in school. After all, parents are the key to the success of their children. 

HOME WORKS!’s goal is for all children to come to school ready to learn, stay on or above grade level through high school, and then go to and graduate from college or some other post-secondary institution ready for a job, a career, or further education. Home visits are an essential step toward that goal.

For more information, visit teacherhomevisit.org and follow HOME WORKS! on Twitter and Facebook.