Introduction

The 2020 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 NHVRC published the 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, no single source had documented the national home visiting landscape.

This year marks our fifth major publication (four 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 2019—to present a more up-to-date look at home visiting in action.

What’s New in the Data?

For the 2020 Home Visiting Yearbook, we are pleased to report new data and information on the—

  • Maternal Infant Health Program model. The Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness project added the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) to its list of evidence-based home visiting models in 2019. We have included data from MIHP in the national and state profiles.
  • Early Steps to School Success model. The 2020 Yearbook includes data from Early Steps to School Success, a new emerging model featured to help convey the reach of home visiting programs that have not yet met federal standards of evidence.
  • Percentage of families served. This data component has been integrated into the Home Visiting by State map, which can now be downloaded as a .csv file.

A Note About COVID-19

The data in this yearbook are from 2019, before the national shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our data collection process was impacted by the unprecedented events of 2020.

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 2020 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 2019 ; list of zip code information on families served in 2019 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 Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (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