Model Profiles

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 service population includes the following:

  • Expectant caregivers
  • Families with low incomes
  • First-time caregivers
  • Caregivers under 21 years old
  • Families with a history of child abuse or neglect/involvement with child welfare system

Who is implementing the model?

Home Visitors

Minding the Baby was implemented by 4 home visitors in 2020. 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 4 supervisors in 2020. The model requires a master’s degree for supervisors; a doctoral degree is recommended.

Where is the model implemented?

Minding the Baby operated in 2 local agencies in 1 state in 2020. Minding the Baby also operated outside the United States and its territories in Denmark in 2020.


Families Served Through Evidence-Based Home Visiting in 2020

home visits provided
families served
children served

Caregiver education

42% No HS diploma

25% HS diploma or GED

33% Some college or training

0% Bachelor's degree or higher

Caregiver age

83% ≤21 years

17% 22-29 years

0% 30-44 years

0% ≥45 years

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding.