Pew's home visiting project promotes cost-effective investments in high-quality, home-based family support and coaching programs for new and expectant families.
Why Home Visiting Matters
Family support and coaching programs, often called “home visiting” because they take place in the homes of vulnerable families, are a proven strategy for strengthening families and saving money. When quality programs, carried out in local communities, are properly implemented, they lead to increased family self-sufficiency, lower health care costs, and reduced need for remedial education. For every dollar spent on these efforts, they save at least $2 in future spending.
How We Conduct Our Work
- Policy Advocacy. In the states, we furnish strategic technical assistance to campaigns, anchored by our model policy framework, that advance policy change and increase state investments in home visiting. We also advocate for data-driven federal policies and investments in these home-based family support and coaching programs. We are working to reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, the largest federal investment in home visiting.
- Research. Pew’s home visiting project commissioned a new body of home visiting research that highlights gains in education, health, and future livelihoods at less cost to taxpayers through family support and coaching programs. These studies explore the importance of program quality and target populations—and the interactions between them—in determining ultimate outcomes for children and families.
- Information Sharing.We lead webinars, events, meetings, and communications to facilitate a national conversation on the significance of home-based family support and coaching programs. In doing so, we serve as a resource for state policymakers and administrators making data-driven policy investments.
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Across the country, state legislatures are turning to evidence-based policymaking to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. One example is family support and coaching. In response to research confirming that the early years of childhood affect learning, behavior, and health for a lifetime, many states have invested in these programs, commonly referred to as... Read More
More than 700 policymakers, home visiting practitioners, and researchers came together in May for the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Summit attendees learned, among many other topics, about state innovations such as agency and community collaboration and home visiting with two parents. Read More