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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The federally funded, locally administered Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program sponsors family support programs that are often called “home visiting” because they take place in the homes of at-risk families. These families often lack support, experience, and knowledge of basic parenting skills. Because children don't arrive with instruction manuals, home... Read More
On April 20 and 21, Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Iowa held its annual conference, “Building Healthy Families,” with a keynote address by Karen Kavanaugh, Pew’s home visiting campaign director, and video remarks from Iowa’s U.S. Senators, Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin about the importance of early-childhood family support and coaching, or home visiting, programs in Iowa and across the U.S. Sens.... Read More
On March 31, the U.S. Senate approved a six-month extension for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting, or MIECHV, program, following the same action by the U.S. House of Representatives the previous week. This federal-state partnership is a proven strategy for strengthening families and saving money. Read More