Today’s Home Visiting Workforce–Challenges and Improvement Strategies




Claire Dunham, Sarah Benatar, and David Schultz

Brief Type



  • Child First
  • Early Head Start Home-Based Option
  • Family Spirit
  • Healthy Families America (HFA)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)
  • SafeCare/SafeCare Augmented


Home visitors typically work in settings with disproportionately high levels of poverty, mental health issues, substance use and domestic violence. The breadth of competencies required of the home visiting workforce in order to reach desired outcomes is extensive. Due to the extremity of home visiting demands, quality training and support of home visitors and supervisors is critical. In addition, the perspective of staff currently working in the field is essential to designing relevant and effective workforce support systems. This session will explore findings from the Home Visiting Career Trajectories project to provide a national picture of the home visiting workforce across all models, including staff characteristics and perspectives on training experiences and needs. Building on these results, multiple unique strategies for coaching, training and earning credentials that can be embedded in state home visiting systems will be described and explored. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Site visits
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Dunham, C., Benatar, S., & Schultz, D. (2020, January 30). Today’s home visiting workforce–Challenges and improvement Strategies. National Home Visiting Summit. Presentation conducted at the conference of The Ounce, Washington, DC.
Link to Presentation


  • Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development