High-quality home visiting is a proven way to support and strengthen families in those foundational first years of life.
Working together, trained home visitors and parents talk about prenatal care, infant care, child development and parenting skills. As a result, children are:
- Healthier and better prepared for school
- Parent-child bonds are stronger
- Abuse and neglect are less likely.
The power of home visiting comes from the relationship and trust between the home visitor and the parent — and its multi-generation approach. For many parents, this relationship gives them the strength to leave abusive relationships, go back to school, or find a new job that helps them better provide for their family. Home visitors also provide valuable connections to other community services and ensure coordination of resources.