About Home Visitation

The period from birth to three is crucial to laying the foundation for a healthy, confident adulthood.

Home visitation during this time can strengthen families and boost the social and emotional development of children. A trained home visitor provides education and support to parents, helping them give their children a safe and healthy start in life.

In the U.S., over 90% of home visitation programs target “high risk” families, based on socioeconomic, psychosocial, demographic, or health factors.  

Universal home visitation programs are open to all families in a community. Less than 7% of home visitation programs in the U.S. are universal.

The goals of a universal home visitation program are

  • To enhance parent-child relationships
  • To expand parenting knowledge and skills
  • To optimize children’s early health and development
  • To promote universal access to comprehensive family health care
  • To build strong family-friendly communities
  • To promote a safe and healthy home


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