Home Visiting Programs
Home visiting programs provide support and education to parents in the home through a trained professional (e.g., nurse or social worker) or paraprofessional. These programs have expanded rapidly over the last decade as a state-based investment in supporting parents and children.
Participation in evidence-based home visiting programs leads to small but positive impacts on parenting skills; these effects exist within the context of many more null findings. Impacts are inconclusive across program models on other important child and family outcomes, including birth outcomes, child maltreatment, and child health.