Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models

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Early Head Start (EHS) – Home Visiting Option

Early Head Start (EHS) is a child and family development program that targets low-income pregnant women and families with children ages birth to three years. EHS provides high-quality, flexible, and culturally competent child development and parent support services with an emphasis on the role of the parent as the child’s first and most important relationship. The goals of EHS are to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, to enhance the development of very young children, and to promote healthy family functioning. The Home Visiting Option offers and supports comprehensive services to children and their families through weekly home visits and group socialization experiences. The key focus of the Early Head Start Home Base program option includes: Health & Safety, Mental Health, Nutrition, Education, Special Education, Parent Involvement, and Social Services. 
For more information:
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Head Start (OHS)
8th Floor Portal Building
Washington, DC 20024
Family Check-Up (FCU)
Family Check-Up (FCU) is a prevention and intervention program that addresses problem behaviors and mental health problems in children and adolescents, as well as seeks to increase parent motivation to change areas of difficulty. FCU targets families with children ages 2 to 17 with risk factors including: socioeconomic, family, and child risk factors for child conduct problems; academic failure; depression; and risk for early substance use.  FCU is designed to reduce children’s conduct, academic, and internalizing problems, and to make improvements in maternal depression, parental involvement, and positive parenting.
For more information:
The Child and Family Center Family Check-Up Institute
195 West 12th
Eugene, OR 97401-3408
Phone: 541-346-4805
Fax: 541-346-4858
Healthy Families America (HFA)
Healthy Families America (HFA) focuses on family strengths to help families manage life challenges, such as single parenthood, low income, child history of abuse, substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence. HFA targets pregnant mothers and new mothers within the first three months after a child’s birth. Service provision continues until the child enters kindergarten. HFA focuses on reducing child maltreatment, increasing prenatal care, improving parent-child interactions and school readiness, promoting healthy child development, improving positive parenting skills of caregivers, promoting family self-sufficiency/decreasing dependency on social services, improving primary health care access, and improving child immunization rates. 
For more information:
Healthy Families America National Office
228 S. Wabash, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-663-3520
Fax: 312-939-8962
Healthy Steps (HS) for Young Children
Healthy Steps (HS) targets parents with children from birth to 3 years. Services are implemented by any pediatric or family health medicine practice. Healthy Steps focuses on building a close relationship between health care professionals and parents for the promotion of physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of infants and children. Through regular home visits and contact with a health professional, the program seeks to promote child development, promote school readiness, and improve positive parenting practices.
For more information:
Margot Kaplan-Sanoff
Healthy Steps National Director
Vose Hall #419
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: 617-414-4767
Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) targets families with children ages 3 to 5 for the purpose of promoting preschoolers’ school readiness. Services are delivered in the home as well as in group meeting format by a paraprofessional typically from the same community as the family. The model is designed to support parents in providing instruction in the home and improve their confidence in preparing their children for school.  
For more information:
1221 Bishop Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-537-7726
Fax: 501-537-7716
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) targets first-time, low-income mothers and their children. Mothers must be enrolled in services by the 28th week of pregnancy, and services conclude when the child turns two years of age. Home visits provided by nurses seek to promote maternal and child health, children’s development, and parental economic self-sufficiency.
For more information:
Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office
1900 Grant Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 866-864-5226
Fax: 303-327-4260
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Parents as Teachers (PAT) targets families from pregnancy to kindergarten entry of children. The program seeks to promote child development knowledge and to improve parenting practices of caregivers. The PAT model consists of four components: (1) one-on-one home visits, (2) group meetings, (3) developmental screenings for children, and (4) a resource network for families.  Home visiting services can range in intensity, from weekly to monthly, as well as in duration. 
For more information:
Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.
Attn: Public Information Specialist
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, Mo. 63146
Telephone: 314-432-4330
Toll-free telephone: 1-866-728-4968
Fax: 314-432-8963
Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers (EIP)
Early Intervention Program for Adolescent Mothers (EIP) was designed to help young mothers gain social competence and achieve program objectives. EIP targets pregnant adolescents from underserved minority groups who were referred to the county health department for public health nursing care. Public health nurses deliver EIP services using a case management approach, with one nurse providing continuous care to her assigned caseload. During home visits, public health nurses use a variety of teaching methods to cover five main content areas: health, sexuality and family planning, maternal role, life skills, and social support. Prenatal visits focus on the use of prenatal heath care, preparation for childbirth, and self-care during pregnancy. Additionally, public health nurses conduct classes on the transition to motherhood, fetal development, parent-child communication, and maternal health. Postpartum visits focus on family planning, infant care, and well-baby health care. Nurses also deliver interventions designed to help mothers develop communication skills and learn how to assess their infants’ needs, respond to infant distress, and interact reciprocally with their infants. The public health nurses also counsel adolescents on maternal role issues and initiate referrals as needed for mental health counseling, family planning, and child care.  
For more information:
Deborah Koniak-Griffin, EdD, RNC, FAAN
University of California at Los Angeles, School of Nursing
BOX 956919
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Telephone: (310)206-3842
Child FIRST works to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among high-risk young children and families. Child FIRST provides services to families with children birth to age 6 in which the child has emotional, behavioral, or developmental concerns or the family faces multiple barriers. A clinician and care coordinator provide services that include comprehensive assessment of child and family needs, observation and consultation in early care and education settings, parent-child mental health intervention, development of a family and a child plan of care, and care coordination/case management.  
For more information:
270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 367
Farmington, CT 06032