Home Visiting

Responsible parenting is not just good for children, it’s good for society. Pew has launched a campaign to promote smart state investments in quality, home-based programs for new and expectant families.

Science shows laying the foundation for a child’s proper emotional, social and cognitive development is critical—especially among families with limited education and low income.

Voluntary home visiting programs pair new and expectant parents with trained professionals to provide parenting information, resources and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years. Quality programs are proven to strengthen parent-child relationships, increase development of early language and literacy skills, and reduce child abuse and neglect—positive outcomes that will help ease the strain on state resources and produce fiscal returns in the long-run.   

Pew supports home visiting programs because they are a high-yield investment in stronger families.  In conjunction with our rigorous research agenda—including a 50-state inventory of states’ home visiting programs and funding— Pew is supporting advocacy campaigns in states where key leaders are determined to increase access to and improve the quality of voluntary home visiting programs.

The dividends: fewer children involved in child protection, special education, drug and alcohol, and juvenile justice systems—and big pay-offs for families and state budgets.



  • White House Pushes to Expand Home Visiting

    Feb 14, 2013 - President Barack Obama released details Thursday of the early childhood agenda outlined in his State of the Union Address. The President’s proposal includes funding for state pre-kindergarten programs and an expansion of his administration’s evidence-based early childhood home visiting program.

  • Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

    Jul 05, 2012 - Various funding streams—federal, state, local, and private—support home visiting programs. Recently, in light of Medicaid's ability to reach so many low-income and at-risk families, interest has been growing in its potential to finance home visiting services for eligible mothers and children

  • States and the New Federal Home Visiting Initiative: An Assessment from the Starting Line

    Aug 24, 2011 - States making investments in voluntary home visiting programs too rarely use evidence of effectiveness to inform their policy decisions, according to a new report by the Pew Center on the States’ Home Visiting Campaign.

  • The Case for Home Visiting

    May 04, 2010 - Voluntary home visiting programs match parents with trained professionals to provide information and assistance during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years. This support not only helps families thrive, but saves states money on costly social problems. The home visiting brief outlines the important benefits of these programs.

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