In 2010, Washington state pioneered a unique approach to home visiting with a public-private partnership between the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and Thrive Washington. Jointly administered by DEL and Thrive, the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) brings together state, federal and private dollars to support a portfolio of high-quality proven and promising programs — and ensure those programs get the results they promise. The ultimate goal is a robust, high-quality statewide home visiting system that serves families living in some of the state’s highest needs communities.
- DEL oversees the management of all grants, contracts, reports and data collection. Learn more
- Thrive leads in supporting existing programs with coaching, training and general professional development to help them offer the highest-quality services possible. Thrive also helps communities launch home visiting services.
Since the account was created by state Legislature in 2010 (RCW 43.215.130), it has grown from funding four grantees serving 120 children to serving more than 2,000 children statewide. About 6,500 children and families receive home visiting through services outside of the HVSA. This still leaves an estimated 30,000 eligible families without services.