Home visitation is defined as a program that includes the visitation of parents and children in their home by trained personnel (such as nurses, social workers, and family support workers) who convey information, support and resources. In early childhood programs, visits are generally initiated during pregnancy, or soon after birth, and can continue through the critical first years of a child’s life. The goal of these Home Visitation programs is to promote parent and child interaction, healthy child development, positive parenting skills, and decrease child abuse and neglect amongst low-income families.
Funded in part by the MIECHV (The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting) funds and state of Wisconsin, our goals are to support home visiting and family support professionals / programs to improve family outcomes in these six federally defined benchmark areas:
- Improved maternal and newborn health.
- Prevention of child injuries, child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment.
- Reduction of emergency department visits.
- Improvement in school readiness and achievement.
- Reduction in crime or domestic violence.
- Improvements in family economic self-sufficiency.
- Improvements in the coordination and referrals for other community resources and supports.
We know that by partnering and supporting parents during pregnancy and early childhood we can build the capacity of families to provide safe, nurturing places where children can reach their optimal development in the context of supportive parental relationships.
The video below articulates why the early years of a child’s life are so important to that child’s future success and wellbeing:
Home Visitor Training
We provide low-cost, comprehensive training and technical assistance for numerous health, social service, and community-based family support organizations. We provide a wide variety of professional development opportunities, with a specialized focus on supporting home visitors, their supervisors and program managers. Training is available statewide and open to all. Our Course Descriptions page which has detailed information about the individual trainings we offer.
Home Visiting Trainers
Our trainers are carefully chosen based on their unique educational and professional backgrounds. They have years of experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities and many of them currently work in the field. They are excited about the topics they teach and eager to share their knowledge. For those trainers that don’t have direct experience working in the home visiting field, we spend time informing them about the work, the professionals that do this work, and the challenges of the position so that they are able to ensure a relevant and applicable session for participants. Learn more about our individual trainers here.
Getting to Outcomes Report
Learn more about our commitment to an evidence-based approach to professional development (PD) and what research, and the professionals we serve, say about the value of PD, in our quarterly Infographic report.
Toolkit for Early Childhood Professionals
We have a variety of home visiting resources for professionals and parents/caregivers.
Fulfilling the Promise 2017
Fulfilling the Promise is an annual conference for home visitors, program managers, and parent educators who provide home-based, group-based, and center-based support and education to parents of young children. The 2017 conference will be held March 6-8, 2017 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. More information can be found here.