Home Visiting

Home Visiting

Home visiting programs recognize parents are children’s first teachers, but sometimes even parents and others raising children need help. Far too many of Pennsylvania’s youngest children are at risk of child abuse and neglect, live in poverty and experience poor education and health outcomes.

Home visiting programs help parents and others raising children get the support necessary to improve health, safety, literacy and economic security of their developing family. During home visits, nurses and other trained professionals visit with women, families and children as early as the beginning of pregnancy to promote positive birth outcomes and provide parent education and support.

In 2018, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, in a collaborative effort with stakeholders and home visiting models across the state, founded the Childhood Begins at Home Campaign. The Campaign is designed to help policy makers and the public understand the value of home visiting and support public investments to increase the statewide capacity of evidence-based home visiting models.

Home Visiting Policy Goals

Increase the availability of evidence-based home visiting strategies to strengthen families and meet the comprehensive needs of infants and young children at higher risk.

Home Visiting Publications

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Childhood Begins at Home Campaign

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is a governing body member of Childhood Begins at Home, a statewide campaign to help policymakers and the public understand the value of and support public investments in evidence-based home visiting.

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To learn more, visit: childhoodbeginsathome.org.


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Fast Facts about Home Visiting in PA

  • Six evidence-based models receiving state funds are currently operating in Pennsylvania
  • There is at least one evidence-based home visiting model in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, and about 50 counties have two or more programs supported with local, state and/or federal funds.
  • Over the past two state fiscal years (FY 2017-18 and 2018-19), Pennsylvania advocates were successful in winning new state investments of $11.385 million, modeled after the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV).
  • In February 2018, MIECHV was reauthorized and funded for five years as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.