Home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. They address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services. Use the following resources to learn more about home visiting, selected programs, planning and implementation, evaluation efforts, and more.
Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
Describes the efforts of 17 federally funded grantees implementing evidence-based home visiting programs in their communities. The website includes information on home visiting models, cross-site evaluation results, and more.
Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration
Provides an overview of the program as authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The Case for Home Visiting: Strong Families Start With a Solid Foundation
Pew Center on the States (2010)
Draws from research describing the benefits to families who receive home visiting services and support. The report concludes that children in these families are safer, healthier, better prepared to learn, and more likely to become successful adults.
Federal Investment in Home Visiting
Pew Center on the States
Summarizes the home visiting provision in the Affordable Care Act, links to guidance and supporting materials, and describes the Center's home visiting campaign.
Health Reform and Maternal Child Health: Home Visiting
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Links to information on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program and other materials useful to cities and counties implementing home visiting services.
Home Visit Forum
Harvard Family Research Project
Seeks to increase delivery efficiency, develop practice benchmarks to improve quality, and create a better understanding of the role home visiting plays in State and national systems to help young children and their families. The project is led by a consortium of administrators, practitioners, and researchers from six home visiting programs.
Home Visitation and Maltreatment Prevention
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Offers articles, publications, and current research being conducted to support child maltreatment prevention and home visitation initiatives.
Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presents the results of a research review that assessed home visiting program models designed for families with pregnant women and children up to age 5. The website provides program model reports, outcome domain reports, implementation profiles, a study search tool, and more.
Home Visiting Program Model Descriptions (PDF - 209 KB)
National Conference of State Legislatures (2012)
Provides brief descriptions of Child FIRST, Early Head Start, Public Health Nurse Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers, Family Check-Up, Healthy Families America, Healthy Steps for Young Children, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Parents as Teachers.
Infant Caregiver Project
Explains the Infant Caregiver Project at the University of Delaware and includes information on how parents, researchers, and parent coaches can participate in the project and research projects that are currently being conducted in the areas of specialized services for high-risk birth parents, children adopted domestically, children being raised by their biological parents, children adopted internationally, and toddlers in foster care.
National Home Visiting Programs' Shared Vision Statement (PDF - 121 KB)
Healthy Families America, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters, Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, & Parent-Child Home Program
Presents the common vision of five national home visiting programs that addresses the needs for a range of quality services, services that are available to families nationwide, and continuous quality improvement efforts.
Pew Inventory of State Home Visiting Programs
Pew Center on the States
Provides State-by-State and national snapshots of home visiting programs, models, and funding.