Introduction

The 2019 Home Visiting Yearbook compiles key data on early childhood home visiting, a proven service delivery strategy that helps children and families thrive. Home visiting serves expectant parents and parents of young children by connecting them with a designated support person who guides them through the early stages of raising a family.

Home visitors regularly meet with families in their homes or another location of their choice. Services are voluntary and tailored to participants’ needs.

Home visiting has a long history and a strong evidence base showing that it improves outcomes for children and families. However, until the National Home Visiting Resource Center published the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, no single source had documented the national home visiting landscape.

This year marks our fourth major publication (three yearbooks and a data supplement) shedding light on who received home visiting and who could benefit. As with previous yearbooks, we examined publicly available data and collected new data—this time from 2018—to present a more complete and up-to-date look at home visiting in action.

What’s New in the Data?

For the 2019 Home Visiting Yearbook, we are pleased to report new information on–

  • Location of families served. Thirteen models and 54 state Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) agencies shared information on participants’ locations, adding to our understanding of home visiting’s geographic reach.
  • Fathers who could benefit from home visiting. In keeping with heightened efforts to engage fathers in home visiting, we received data about the family structures of potential beneficiaries.
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Darrell Hillery Bon Secours' Home Visiting Program

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We’re hoping to change the narrative on fathers’ roles in home visiting by acknowledging those dads that are actively involved in the lives of their children. We work hard to provide our dads with the essential tools and resources through the services of home visiting. As home visitors, we not only remind dads how important the role of a father is, but we also provide them with the education that helps support the bond between fathers and children.

Where Do the National Data Come From?

The NHVRC uses model, state, and administrative data sources, along with publicly available information, to present the national home visiting landscape.

National Data Sources for the 2019 Home Visiting Yearbook

Question addressed Data type and source Location in the yearbook
Where do home visiting programs operate? List of local agencies active in 2018 ; list of zip code information on families served in 2018 Evidence-based home visiting maps (by county, by zip code)
Who receives evidence-based home visiting services? Participant demographics ; number of home visits and children and families served National profile
Who receives MIECHV-funded home visiting services? Administrative MIECHV data National MIECHV summary
Who receives Tribal MIECHV-funded home visiting services? Administrative Tribal MIECHV data Tribal MIECHV summary
Who receives home visiting services from tribal-led organizations? Number of home visits and children and families
served
Tribal-led organizations summary
Who receives home visiting services from emerging models? Participant demographics ; number of home visits and children and
families served
Emerging models summary
How many families and children could benefit from home visiting? Counts of potential beneficiaries and their demographics Potential beneficiaries tables (targeted populations, high-priority families, child characteristics, family characteristics)

 

Who provides home visiting? Counts of home visitors and supervisors Home visitors and supervisors summary

 

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