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Video Highlights from 2013 Home Visiting Summit


On Feb. 13–14, 2013, The Pew Charitable Trusts co-hosted the Third National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs with Every Child Succeeds and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The Summit brought together more than 500 home visiting researchers, service providers, policymakers, and advocates. Read Pew home visiting campaign director Libby Doggett's opening remarks. 

Below, videos from five of the presenters show highlights of their remarks.

David Willis, MD, FAAP, director of Home Visiting & Early Childhood Systems, Health Resources and Services Administration, discusses why the Obama Administration is committed to investing early in programs like home visiting that promote family self-sufficiency and healthy interactions between parents and children. He explains how parents and other adults in children's lives awaken a child's brain capacity.

The Honorable Paula Bennett, New Zealand's minister of social development, says home visiting helps vulnerable families deal with multiple challenges. She describes Early Start, a home visiting model developed in New Zealand, which has now been deemed evidence-based in the United States.

Deb Daro, senior research fellow, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago, explains how children's early experiences shape the foundations for their interactions later in life. She discusses the expected outcomes as home visiting becomes more available, including better health outcomes, improved school readiness, and stronger relationships between parents and children.

Thomas Boat, MD, dean and vice president for Health Affairs, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, talks about the critical importance of the first three years of a child's life to healthy development and the wisdom of investing in early interventions to promote later success.

A highlight of the Summit was the presentation of a new body of commissioned research on home visiting's impacts. View the studies.

The Obama administration has announced that it will seek a substantial new investment to expand voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs. Pew's Libby Doggett, an expert on home visiting, highlights the importance of the decision.

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