Home Away From Home: A Toolkit for Planning Home Visiting Partnerships With Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers




Christine Johnson-Staub and Stephanie Schmit

Brief Type

Issue or Research Brief


  • Child First
  • Early Head Start Home-Based Option (EHS)
  • Family Check-Up (FCU)
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • HealthySteps
  • Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Other Models
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


This toolkit provides state policymakers and advocates with strategies for extending and expanding access to state- or federally-funded home visiting through partnerships with providers of FFN child care. This toolkit includes: Part I: What are Family, Friend, and Neighbor and Home Visiting Partnerships, and How Can They Help You Reach Families?: This section provides an overview of what home visiting partnerships with FFN providers may look like, and the role of such partnerships in serving children and families. This section also includes an overview of available home visiting models, and information about their potential for use in partnership with FFN. Part II: A Home Visiting and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Partnership Planning Tool: This section of the toolkit provides a step-by-step tool to walk through questions that may need to be explored as states develop home visiting and FFN partnerships. It explores potential policy changes stakeholders at the state level may need to consider, as well as important considerations for each step of the planning process. Part III: Case Studies of Existing Home Visiting-FFN Partnerships: This section provides case studies of existing partnerships between home visiting models and FFN providers in specific states and communities. It includes detailed information about each example's background, model, professional development and workforce implications, implementation, challenges, and any available evaluation results. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Interviews



For More Information

Johnson-Staub, C., & Schmit, S. (2012). Home away from home: A toolkit for planning home visiting partnerships with family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. The Center for Law and Social Policy. https://urbanorg.box.com/s/jpr4yzo9mnatpfucwws80ak1kujbf1ot


  • Collaboration and Coordination