What is Home Visiting?
Home visiting is a service offered in-home to support positive parenting, nurturing homes, and child development. Families voluntarily participate in in-home visits with a trained home visitor. Most often, home visiting programs serve pregnant women, fathers, caregivers, and their children birth through 5 years of age. Most families participate in home visiting for one to three years. Many scientific studies have shown positive impacts of home visiting for children and families.
In a 2010 report published by Pew Charitable Trust, high quality home visiting programs have been proven to:
- Decrease the incidence of low birth weight births by nearly half, yielding cost savings between $28,000-$40,000 for each averted low birth weight birth;
- Reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect almost by half; and
- Increase children’s critical pre-literacy skills and later improvements in achievement test scores.
In another report, authors synthesize home visiting research conducted over years and suggest that quality home visiting programs lay the foundation for children's healthy development and are a cost saving investment because many costly social concerns–school failure, child abuse, and the use of social services–are prevented.”