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Think Babies™ Voluntary, Evidence-Based Home Visiting Resource List

Mar 9, 2018

Parents of infants and toddlers need access to voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services. This annotated resource list includes a range of materials, such as policy briefs, fact sheets, websites and tools, to help stakeholders learn about the issue.


Integrating Home Visiting in State and Tribal Early Childhood Systems, ZERO TO THREE, 2017 – This framework outlines strategies states and tribes can take to better integrate home visiting into comprehensive early childhood systems and shares examples of how states and tribes are implementing them.

Reaching Families Where They Live: Supporting Parents and Child Development Through Home Visiting, ZERO TO THREE, May 2012 – This brief discusses the research demonstrating the impacts home visiting can have on children and families, federal investment in home visiting, and policy recommendations for strengthening the system and increasing access.

Key Components of a Successful Early Childhood Home Visiting System, ZERO TO THREE, 2010 – This self-assessment tool helps states define the home visiting system, assess the home visiting system’s capacity and prioritize areas for improvement.

The ZERO TO THREE Home Visiting Community Planning Tool, ZERO TO THREE, 2010 – This self-assessment tool helps communities establish new and/or expand existing home visiting programs. It discusses model selection, professional development, evaluation, collaboration and leadership.

The MIECHV Program: Smart Investments Build Strong Systems for Young Children, ZERO TO THREE, 2014 – This paper highlights the MIECHV program’s role in enhancing state efforts to build high-quality, comprehensive statewide early childhood systems.

State Initiative articles discussing home visiting – ZERO TO THREE’s State Initiatives is a collection of articles highlighting innovative actions states have taken to improve well-being for infants and toddlers.

Additional Resources

2017 Home Visiting Yearbook, National Home Visiting Resource Center, 2017 – This report compiles key data on early childhood home visiting at the national, state, territory, and tribal levels, including data on where programs operate, the families they serve, and the families who could benefit but are not being reached.

MIECHV State Fact Sheets, HRSA, 2016 – This interactive map brings users to state fact sheets describing how the state is implementing MIECHV. The website also includes a link to a fact sheet, The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program: Partnering with Parents to Help Children Success, providing statistics on the program as a whole.

Medicaid Financing of Home Visiting Services for Women, Children, and Their Families, National Academy For State Healthy Policy, August 2017 – This brief highlights the Medicaid financing authorities and mechanisms available to support home visiting services and explores how states are currently using them to finance home visiting.

National Conference of State Legislatures Home Visiting Resource Page, National Conference of State Legislators, 2017 – Webpage describing the benefits of home visiting and strategies for advancing state policy in this area.

Early Childhood Home Visiting, American Academy of Pediatrics, August 2017 – This policy statement updates the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations related to early childhood home visiting, directing them to three audiences: community pediatricians, large health systems, and researchers.

Family Support and Coaching Programs: Crafting the Message for Diverse Audiences, The Pew Charitable Trusts, October 2015 – This brief discusses how to successfully message about home visiting with different audiences, including policymakers, voters, and families who may participate.

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