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2023 Yearbook

Minding the Baby

Minding the Baby supports reflective parenting, secure attachment, maternal and child health, mental health, and self-efficacy using an interdisciplinary approach with first-time young mothers and their families. The model pairs a social worker and nurse practitioner to support a family’s development together.

What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?

Home visits take place weekly until the child turns 1 year old, then every other week until the child turns 2 years old. The frequency may vary based on a family’s level of need or in times of crisis. Services are provided for 27 months (prenatally until the child is 2 years old). Minding the Baby requires families to initiate services prenatally.

Minding the Baby’s target population includes the following:

  • Expectant mothers
  • Low-income families
  • First-time mothers or first-time parents
  • Teenage mothers or teenage parents
  • Families with history of child abuse or neglect/involvement with child welfare system

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

Minding the Baby was implemented by 6 home visitors in 2019. The model recommends a master’s degree for home visitors. The maximum caseload requirement for home visitors is 25 families.


Minding the Baby was implemented by 6 supervisors in 2019. The model requires a master’s degree for supervisors; a doctoral degree is recommended.

Where is the model implemented?

Minding the Baby operated in 3 local agencies across 1 state in 2019. Minding the Baby also operated outside the United States and its territories in Denmark in 2019.

Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2019

home visits provided
families served
children served

Caregiver age

50% ≤ 21 years

50% 22-29 years

0% 30-44 years

0% ≥ 45 years

Child age

50% < 1 year

50% 1-2 years

0% 3-5 years

Note • Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.