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

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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.

ZERO TO THREE Resources

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.

Cross-System Collaboration to Better Support Babies in Washington: Strengthening Partnerships Between Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Home Visiting Systems , ZERO TO THREE, 2019 – This case study describes how Washington developed and implemented a TANF Home Visiting pilot that strengthened partnerships between TANF and home visiting programs to better serve families.

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.

State of Babies Yearbook 2019, ZERO TO THREE, February 2019 – This yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America’s babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first.

Think Babies National Partners

As of April 2019, nearly 60 national organizations with diverse missions, memberships and expertise have joined the Think Babies campaign. Learn more about how they are supporting the campaign through written products, joint events and advocacy here.

Additional Resources

2018 Home Visiting Yearbook, National Home Visiting Resource Center, 2018 – 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. Yearbooks from previous years and a Home Visiting Primer summarizing the history, evidence base, demonstrated impact and available funding sources for home visiting are also available on the website.

MIECHV State Fact Sheets , HRSA, August 2018 – 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.

Impacts on Family Outcomes of Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting: Results from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation , Administration of Children and Families Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 2019 – This paper reports on the evaluation findings of the MIECHV program.

Medicaid Financing for Home Visiting: The State of State’s Approaches, Johnson Group Consulting, Inc, 2019 – This paper provides an overview of the Medicaid benefit categories and mechanisms that can be used to support home visiting programs and describes how several states are employing them.

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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