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is a series of 12 podcasts that translates the research of early childhood development into parenting practices that mothers, fathers and other caregivers can tailor to the needs of their own child and family. Click here to listen to or download the podcasts. This podcast series is generously funded by MetLife Foundation.

Home visiting has been shown to be an effective method of supporting families, particularly as part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services. These voluntary programs match parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first years—a critical developmental period. Although home visiting programs vary in goals and content of services, in general, they combine parenting and health care education, child abuse prevention, and early intervention and education services for young children and their families.

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Although home visiting programs have existed for decades, in 2010 Congress established the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to provide federal funds to states and Tribal entities to support voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to at-risk families. MIECHV is authorized by Title V of the Social Security Act and is jointly administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families.

The following resources and tools will help policymakers and professionals understand the importance of investing in home visiting programs and support the implementation of home visiting programs as part of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services for young children and their families.



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